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The  writer  hereor  labors  under  the  dirTiculty 

ol  bearing  that  is  impaired  to  such  an  extent  that  it  greatly 
interreres  with  the  practice  or  his  proression, being  unable  to 
participate  in  the  trial  or  cases  to  any  extent. 

Previous  to  said  impairment  l  was  a  court  reporter, and  it  has 
orten  occurred  to  me  that  it  would  be  possible  to  construct  a  ma¬ 
chine  upon  the  principle  or  the  phonograph, and  other  allied  sound 
recording  and  reproducing  machines  which  would  produce  a  visual  record  or 
character  ror  each  sound, and  that  alter  surricient  study, observation 
and  practice  one  would  be  able  to  read  this  record  just  as  short  hand 
is  read.  ir  this  could  be  would  be  a  great  aid  to  the  dear 
and  1  would  like  to  know  whether  you  have  ever  made  any  experiments  along 
this  so  what  results  you  attained, and  if  you  have  not  made  such 
experiments, what, in  your  opinion, is  the  possibility  or  constructing 
such  an  instrument. 

Very  Sincerely 

hands  so  cleve  rly  that  much  of  life's  darkness  is  dispelled.  Hear¬ 
ing  not,  nor  speaking,  hand,  lip  and  eye  are  used  to  replace.,  the 
paralyzed  senses  to  such  an  extent  that  much  of  the  misery  of  mute 
existence  is  wiped  away.  Is  it'  not  possible  that  since  a  partly  deaf 
person  hears  quite  Well  through  a  telephone  or  ear-tube,  since  the 
phonograph  reproduces  sound  and  since  electric  messages  are  conveyed 
through  space,- sans  wire,  sans  pole,  sans  anything  but  an  indefinable, 
unknowable  agency  -  the  electric  spark-  science  may  yet  develop  in¬ 
dumenta  delicate  enough,  relative  in  some  way  to  the  antennae  of 
insects  and  animals,  which  may  convey  to  the  nerves  of  the  diseased 
sense  almost  the  same  impressions  which  they  receive,  via  the  natural 
organs  in  their  healthy,  normal  condition  It  is  not  the  .eye  which 
sees,  nor  doth  the.ear  hear;  neither  doth  the  tongue  produce  sound. 

All  is  impression  conveyed  by  these  agencies  orttransmittens,  via 
the  nerves,  to  an  inner  seat  of  impression.  May  not  these  nerve 
conveyors  be  connected  up,  as  it  were,  with  some  outside  scientific, 
mechanical  antennae  which  will  register  almost,  if  not  quite  the  same 

impressions  which  the  natural,  normal  organ  does? 

f  we  see,  hear,  and  speak  in  dreans,  yet  rarely  is  the  organ 

jot  sense  actually^*,  J*  it  is  patent  thHt  some  an  tuaL  impression 


must  have  been  made  on  the  inner  receptacle  because  dreams  or 
often  vivid  enough  to  remain  within  the  memory  for  long  periods  of 
time.  I  do  not  knoW,  hut  believ?  that  it  is  possible  that  persons 
afflicted  with  the  loss  of  the  three  senses  referred  to,  may  drean 
of  speaking,  hearing  and  seeing,  even  as  the  nornal  person  may  drear, 
of  being  afflicted. 

If  the  seat  and  nerve  of  impression  is  not  impaired  it  doeB 
seem  possible  that  they  may  be  reached  by  some  outside  agency  after 
the  natural  organ  is  destroyed,  or  that  the  organ  itself  may  be  aided 
in  performing  its  natural  function  if  it  is  merely  paralysed  but 
organically  healthy.  Blind  as  a  bat  or  ua.molei  deaf  as  a  haddock  or 

Seeing  is  a  pictured  impression.  Hearing  is  a  sound  or  vi¬ 
bratory  impression.  Sound  or  speaking  is  a  vibratory  impression. 

We  photograh,  phonograph  and  telegraph.  In  accomplishing  theBe  thingB 
we  have  gone  half  the  distance  to  make  the  deaf  hear,  the  blind  see 
and  the  dumb  speak.  Ahl  How  shall  we  make  the  rest  of  the  journey. 

We  have  applied  these  great  mediums  to  pleasure  and  profit-making  but 
done  very  little  with  them  to  relive  humanities  ills  which  is  the 
greatest  use  they  could  be  put  to. 

The  eye  is  blind  but  the  brain  knows  what  it  should  see  and 
what  it  wishes  to  look  at.  We  are  deaf  and  dumb  in  ear  and  tongue 
but  the  brain  knows  what  it  would  say  and  what  it  would  hear. 

Even  without  the  organ  of  expression  every  creature,  I  believe, 
knows  instinctively  love  and  feels  musio,  color,  light  and  shade, 
danger  at  hand,  presence  of  others  and  many  other  impressions  which 
have  nothing  to  do  with  organic  transnission.  Love  and  harmony  and 
their  attributes  are  part  of  Nature's  law  -  Order.  The  attributes  at 
leaBt  are  manifest  even  in  inanimate  objects  and  all  creation  is  full 
of  them.  We  have  gone  three-quarters  of  the  distance,  Bay  !• 

The  Instrument§  The  Antennae  Scientif ique§  Ahl  there's  the 


rub.  To  hear  by  it,,  to  Bee  with  it,  to  speak  from  it. 

But  God  is  good  and  desireth  that  we  shall  see,  hear  and  speak 
even  without  eye,  ear  or  tongue. 

Artificial  respiration,  heart  and  muscular  reaction  in  coma 
or  apparent,  yes,  even  actual  death,  prove  that  science  can  replace 
organic  function  if  nerve  and  brain  centres  are  healthy.  Therefore 
the  dead  tongue  may  wag  and  laryngual  imperfection  be  alleviated. 

Eardrum  and  tympanum  must  be  awakened  and  the  diseased  eye  must  give 
way  to  the  miniature  cinemetagraph.  My  eyes  are  ve  ly  poor. 


/$  Jj/iwipniff \sdhf~- 


My  Dear  Sir: 

Every  now  and  then  some  one  of  the  newspaper  paragraph- 
era  or  our  old  friend  Fra  ElbertUB  Hubbard  advertB  to  the 
faot  that  you  are  deaf  and  in  spite  of  it  oontinue  to  do  the 
seemingly  impossible  . 

Wherefore  I  am  oontinually  reminded  of  the  saying  aBoribed 
to  Lincoln,  when  he  was  asked  if  he  was  aware  that  Ulysses  Grant 
was  a  hard  drinker — "  It  would  be  a  good  thing  if  some  others, 
would  use  the  same  brand  of  whiskey  ", 

I  know  you  are  the  busiest  man  in  the  worldjand  that 
I  am  threading  , where  Angels  might  properly  hesitate  to 
thread,  when  I  venture  to  impose  on  your  time  and  good  nature 
by  asking  you  to  tell  us  — in  a  few  hundred  words  if  you  oan 
steal  a  few  4® minutes  from  your  work— what  deafness  has 
meant  to  you  . 

Have  you  ever  felt  that  it  interfered  with  the  realization 
of  any  great  problems  upon  which  your  mind  has  been  set  ? 

Has  it  prevented  you  from  evolving  anything  that  with  perfeot 
hearing  you  might  have  evolved  ?  What  have  been  its  oompensatiomS 
to  you  ?  Has  the  enforced  silence  been  stimulating  and  helpful 
through  allowing  you  greater  opportunity  for  concentration  and 
uninterrupted  thought  ? 

mis  deafness;  an  affliotion?  Does  it  impair  a  man's  usefulness 
to  the  world  ,  his  oapaoity  for  efficient  work  or  the  enjoyment 
of  the  good  things  of  this  world  T  Will  there  be  a  time  when 
there  will  be  no  deafness  ?  Do  you  use  anything  to  aid  your 
hearing  when  neoessary  ?  Have  you  ever  tried  to  work  out  anything 
to  relieve  this  condition  ?  What  do  you  think  of  deafness  gen¬ 

To  many  of  your  fellow  countrymen  these  thoughts  suggest 
themselves.  To  hundreds  of  thousands  of  those  who  are  hard  of 
hearing  ,as  well  as  to  millions  who  are  not,  your  views  on  them 
would  be  of  surpassing  interest  and  value  .  May.  we  have  them;? 

With  assurances  of  yur  appreciation  of  your  courtesy  and  oonsii  — 
eration,  believe  us,  ! 


New  York  City 

Thomas  A.  EdiBon — 3 

Very  Truly  Yours, 



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William  Welles  Bosworth,  former  employee  H.  F.  Frasse,  and  Edison 
Pioneer"  Sidney  B.  Paine  of  the  General  Electric  Co. 

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Mr.  ThomaB  A;  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 
My.  dear  Sirs- 

.  Jan.  1,  1912 
LO-O  — 7^ 

Mg-  ,  ,  -r  J  /ovt 

.A  very  ;  startling  proposition  has  come  lief  ore  me  thii 
_paat  week,  .and  since  your  name  has  been  mentioned  in  the  cireuQ 
prospectus  I  desired  to.,  lear-a— little  more  about.  the  proposition.. 

I  have  reference  -to  the  Telephone  Herald  ., 

Is  the ^system  working  satisfactorily  and  profitably 
in  Budapest i  Hungary-,  .  and  do  you- think -the  system  can  he  operated 
’  ' in  this -cohntry.  SS  contemplated  and - at -a  prpf  i t .  I  should- very 

much  like  to  have  your  opinion  op  this  proposition,  and,  any 
“-information- that  you  might-care  to  give  me  would  he  appreciated. 

'I  enclose  a  stamped  and  addressed  envelope  that  you 
may  reply  at  your ^convenience. 

Yours,  very  truly, 

frohn^  Peters . 

Mr.  Thoe.  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

It  gives  me  great  pleasure,  as  one 
of  the  boys  who  carried  material  to  you  some 
30  years  ago  when  you  were  in  Pearl  Street 
and  Gar ri ok  St.,  and  later  in  Menlow  Park, etc. 
to  enolose  herewith  a  small  photograph  of  the 
oil  painting  presented  to  you  as  a  recognit¬ 
ion  of  your  services  to  the  entire  world. 

I  only  regret  that  the  little  cam¬ 
era  I  had  with  me  was  .not  able  to  portray  this 
in  a  better  way. 

I  was  somewhat  sceptical  as  to  re¬ 
sults  whatsoever,  but  if  the  bottom  leaving 
the  ohair,  be  oovered,  it  makes  a  rather 
tasty  reproduction  of  your  almost  speaking 

I  often  hear  of  you  because  my 
youngest  son  frequently  sees  one  of  yours  at 
the  Montclair  Academy. 

The  vertical  lines,-  striations 
are,  very  likely,  *due  to  the  reflection  of 
the  light  from  the  windows  behind  me  when  I 
took  the  exposure. 

Very  truly  yours, 

gf.  gfr*^** 



Office- of 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Esi 
grange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

It  was  a  pleasure  to  hear  from 
you  and  to  have  a  specimen  of  your  beautiful 
signature  which  I  have  always  admired  and  shall 
always  keep.  It  expresses  to  my  artist's 
mind  the  sweeping  imagination  of  far  reaching 
thought  combined  with,  and  balanced  by  the 
painstaking  care  so  essential  to  bring  any 
scheme  to  productive  maturity. 

\  V  *  NEW  ‘YORK 


My  visits  to  you  and  the 
sound  philosophy  you  preached  make  a  profitable 
and  agreeable  memory  and  I  shall  be  glad  when 
the  time  arrives  for  you  to  give  me  another 
occasion  for  being  with  you. 

I  am  now  making  planB  for  a 
sky-scraper  for  the  Western  Union  Telegraph  Co. 
at  Broadway  and  Dey  Streets.  There  is  a  quarter 
inch  scale  model  of  it  here  which  I  should  enjoy 
showing  you  if  you  will  come  in  the  next  time 
you  are  in  town  . 

Very  sincerely  yours, 


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TEVCPHONE  4.00. .ROAD  JUljT  30th,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 
Dear  Mr.  Edison :r 

I  enclose  an  old  photograph  which  has  Just  been 
sent  me  hy  a  friend  who  knew  that  I  had  heen  employed  in  some  of 
your  patent  litigation.  You  may  have  a  duplicate  copy  but  you 
are  welcome  to  this  if  you  care  for  it.  / 

Very  truly  yours, 


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lolegram —  Bald--  9/30/12. 

p.  K.  Dolbeor, 

fouradne  Hotel, 

Boston,  Mass. 

Prom  City  and  telephone  directories,  also  any  other  sources  available 
ascertain  if  family  name  of  Cryaa  live  in  lynn,  and  if  death  of 
any  porson  name  of  Oryon  has  occurred  in  past  few  days.  ChiB 
information  wanted  by  Mr.  Ediocn  but  without  publicity,  therefore  v 
use  diplomacy  in  obtaining  it. 


the  front  page  of  which  has  particularly  interested,  me. 

In  the  early  days,  when  I  knew  you  so  intimately,  you  worked 
daily,  in  fact,  all  the  time,  whereas  hy  the  title  of  this 
pamphlet  you  now  only  work  monthly.  Another  thing,  you  are 
leaving  the  office  so  much  earlier  than  you  formerly  did.  In 
the  old  Goerok  Street  days  you  did  not  leave  the  office  at  all 
hut,  apparently,  from  this  picture  you  are  leaving  at  four 
.  minutes  to  three.  It  is  possible  that  your  old  habits  have 
stuck  to  you  and  you  have  delayed  going  to  lunch  until  this 
time,  but  some  of  the  men  in  my  office,  to  whom  I  have  shown 
the  picture,  have  inquired  if  "Mr.  Edison  works  as  short 
hour's  as  pictured".  I  have  assured  them  that  you  did  not  when 
I  worked  for  you,  nor  did  you  allow  anyone  else  to..  It  may 
be  that  the  illustration  is  wrongly  interpreted,  and  the  clock 
has  stopped,  and  it  is  necessary  to"punoh"it  to  start  it  again. 

Seriously.  I  think  this  publication  is  a  great  credit 
to  your  son.  and  it  brings  back  the  old  days  when  I  had  the 
pleasure  of  being  more  closely  associated  with  you  than  I  am 
at  present,  the  memory  of  which  days  is  one 

of  the  choicest 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 
October  31,  1912 

possessions  which  I  have. 

It  is  31  years  ago  the  12th  of  this  month  sinoe 
I  became  associated  with  you,  when  you  seoured  Spencer  Borden 
as  your  Agent  in  Bristol  County,  Mass.,  and  he  in  turn  hired 
me  to  sell  your  dynamo  under  his  agency. 

Sincerely  yours, 


It  Is  several  years/since  I  have  had  the  .pleasureoof 
meeting  and  talking  with  y6u,buy'T  shall  never  forget  that  Saturday 
night  a.t  Menlo  P^rk.N.J.  when  Onariie,L.Cia'rk6, and  myself  ran  a  test 
of  your  First  Circuit  of  Incandescent  lamps, and  the  Successful  result. 

X  still. have  spme  of  the  Indicator  diagrams  that  we  took 
from  the  Brown  Engine  (In  Iftk)  and  they  are  very  highly  prized  by  me 
still.  Like  yourself  I  ha vb  been  very  busy  since  that  time’, and  have‘  • 
developed,  many  things  which  have  been- of  service  to  mankind-. 

Am  encloseing  a  Folder  describing  a  Cutting  preparation 
which  is  leading  them  all, in  the  West, and  it  is  taking  first  rate 
around  here.  Have  received  orders  from  many  of  the  leading  concerns, 
more  particularly  .the  Railroads, which  are  so  hard  to  land.  But  they 
are  looking 'for  an  opportunity  to  save  a  dollar  as  are  most  of  us  in 
manufacturing.  _ 

•T  This  preparation  is  used  largely  by  ttie"  Western  Elec¬ 
tric,  Company, and- others  in  the  same  line.  I  give  you  my -word  of 
honor  that  all  of  the  Extracts  from  letters  offered  in  the  enclosed 

Would  like  to  send  you  a  Half-Barrel  for  use - Doht  need 

a  trial -  and  it  will  not  be  TWENTY  FOUR  HOURS  BEFORE  YOU  WILL  DECIDE 

THAT  YOU  WANT  IT.  In  this  I  judge  from  experience. . 

We  are  beating  the  best  lard  oil - Five  To. One.  (See  let¬ 
ter  herewith,  on  page  5  of  the  Folder.  '  ,  . 

If  approved  in  accordance  with  Guarabtee',on  page  2, it 
will  cost  you  (Special  Price)  5§-/S  per  pound, f,o,b, cars, at  Destination. 

•  '  The  Elevator  Lubricating  Compound  is  also  a  most  valua¬ 

ble  preparation  for, use  in. the  water  for' operating  Hydraulic  Appara¬ 
tus,  Accumulators, etc, etc.  and  costs  7-&-P  per  pound, as  above.  i 

.Please  tell  me What  is  the  name  of  that  Acid  or  Gas  liber 

ated  by  the  burning  of  paper  on  thq  Cigarette  ?  .’I  had  it  but  have  for¬ 
gotten.  You  know  that, it  is  often  met  with  in  the  laboratory, and  is  a- 
permanent  damage  to  all  animal  tissue  ,  I  believe  you  are  quite  right. 
Am  very  glad  to  see  that  you. are.  "A  BULL  ModSE" ?So  am >1, and  have  alw- • 
ays  voted  for  Theodore , Roosevelt .  Expect1  to  do  so  agai'p'Homorrow. 

I  believe  that  an  sensible- man  are  really  BULL  MOOSES  AT  HEART, Don  't 
you  ???.  Am  most  sanguine  as  to  the  result, Have  great  faith.  Eh-Whatl 
Very  truly  yours.  ~ 

f:  bmunb  jtatorcnrc  JDutlun 
JijarUarb  Sato  SkIjouI 
(lombtibijc.  JilasB. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
79  Fifth  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

As  a  graduate  Law  student,  and  now  a  candidate  for 
the  degree  of  Doctor  of  Jurisprudence,  the  Harvard  Law  Faculty 
has  assigned  to  me  as  the  subject  of  a  thesis,  the  questions 
"Does  actual  law  conform  to  business  necessities?" 

The  subject  being  a  practical  one,  I  wiBh  to  treat 
it  from  a  practical  standpoint.  V/ith  that  end  in  view,  I 
desire  to  prooure  authentic  information  from  a  very  limited 
number  of  representative  persons.  I  will  greatly  value  an 
expression  of  your  opinion  on  the  subject,  as  well  as  to 
receive  such  further  suggestions  as  you  may  care  to  make  to 
me  with  regard  to  thetreatment  of  the  same. 

With  the  assurance  that  whatever  you  may  have  to 
offer  is  not  desired  for  purposes  of  publication  and  with 
deep  appreciation  of  your  courtesies,  1  beg  to  remain, 

Fatkmebs  &>Ii!B€HATinrsKMrioM!iSBAH,K: 

Kr.  Thomas  A.  Edison/^X  ^  ^ 

East  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Vr.  Edisonj- 

SeverRl  years  ago 
•  little  town,  and  appreciating 

4 > 

£  /\K  . 

when  ycu^visiti 

- - -  *.  -  y-  fr 

opposite  the  Hotel  where  you  stopped,  T  was  ti^fl  that^ou 

remrrked  that  at  one  time,  some  years  ago,  3 
position  in  a  bank  as  note  clerk,  and  spoke 
strain  upon  the  mind  of  a  mar,  filling  that  position. 

I  have  filled  the  position  of  note- 
clerk  for  a  number  of  years,  handling,  on  ar  average,  of 
twelve  thousand  notes  each  year,  and  know  ing  the  trouble 
and  worry  connected  with  the  position,  1  would  appre- 

»  confirmation  of  the  remark  made  by  you  while  in 

ciate  £ 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  \ 
,  I  beg  to  remain. 

Very  respectfully, 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Edison  Club  [not  selected]  (E-12-32) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  Edison  Club,  an  employees'  organization  founded  on  October  12, 191 1. 
The  documents  consist  of  meeting  announcements,  receipts,  and 
correspondence  concerning  the  design  of  medals. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Company  (E-12-33) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co.,  which  licensed  and  installed  Edison  s  crushing 
rolls  and  collected  royalties  for  their  use.  The  one  selected  item  is  a  report  to 
Edison  from  his  associate,  William  H.  Mason,  concerning  his  visit  to  the 
Anaconda  Copper  Co.  in  Montana. 

The  unselected  material  consists  of  periodic  reports  pertaining  to  the 
operations  and  output  of  licensees,  along  with  correspondence  concerning 
the  collection  of  royalties. 

The  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  juBt  returned  from  a  trip  to 
the  West,  and  heg  to  report  the  following: - 

I  arrives  at  Anaoonda,  Montana,  on 
Jan.  11th,  went  into  the  question  of  coarse  and  fine 
crushing  with  the  Anaoonda  Copper  Co.  people  very  thor¬ 
oughly,  in  fact,  spent  two  whole  days  disousBing  the 
matter  with  their  engineers,  Mr.  Demond  and  Mr.  laist, 
and  their  General  Superintendent  (who  seems  to  he  the 
active  manager) ,  Mr.  Wraith. 

All  of  their  ore,  10,000  tons  per  day, 
comes  in  in  50-ton  steel  railroad  oars  from  various  mines 
around  Butte  and  Anaoonda.  It  is  then  dumped  from  the 
hoppers  of  the  oars  and  passes  through  three  or  four  jaw 
oruBhers  in  parallel.  These  reduce  it  to  about  2"  Bize, 
when  they  begin  concentrating  by  jigs.  The  concentrate 
of  between  2"  and  1"  goes  directly  to  blast  furnaces  and 
is  reduced  here  to  copper  mat.  There  is  also  a  certain 
amount  of  high  grade  ore,  carrying  over  5%  copper,  which 
goes  directly  to  the  blast  furnaces  without  concentration 
but  iB  crushed  to  about  2«  sizes.  S*ene  smaller  than  2" 

ia  re-crushed  through^ rolls  shout  48"  in  diameter  and  18" 
face,  and  re-concentrated  hy  jigs.  The  smaller  size  a^Sne 
ia  re-crushed  in  wet  Huntington  mills,  and  concentrated  on 
Wilfley  tables,  the  whole  process  being  done  wet,  except 
the  primary  crushing.  The  fine  concentrates  below  about 
3/4"  size  are  taken  to  '  reverbatory  furnaces,  and  Bmelted 
into  a  mat.  The  concentrates  from  the  extremely  fine  ore 
say  under  60  or  80  meBh,  are  first  roasted  to  drive  off  a 
portion  of  the  sulphur,  and  then  delivered  to  the  reverba¬ 
tory  furnaces. 

The  copper  mat  from  both  blast  furnaces 
and  reverbatory  furnaoes  is  put  into  converters  and  oxidized 

down  to  a  fairly  good  grade  of  copper.  This  is  then  put 


into  a  refining  furnace  and  the  pig  copper  is  cast  in^ slabs 
ready  for  electrolytic  refining.  The  latter  is  done  in  the 
Bast,  when  a  great  deal  of  gold  and  siver  is  obtained  from 
the  raw  oopper. 

Their  proposition  is  to  put  'in  one  central 
crushing  plant,  through  which  everything  could  be  dumped, 
which  must  have  a  capacity  of  1,000  tons  per  hour,  as  they 
expect  to  increase  their  plant  to  at  lease  15,000  tons  per 
day,  but  they  work  24  hours  per  day,  three  shifts,  and  would 
figure  on  running  the  crusher  plant  two  shifts  of  16  hours. 

A  portion  of  their  ore  is  fairly  hard, 

T  .A. 35, 


I  should  say  about  as  hard  as  our  Oxford  limestone,  but 
ore  from  other  mineB  is  quite  soft,  of  the  porphory  variety. 

The  largest  stones  that  come  to  them  now 
are  about  30"  in  diameter,  and  they  only  want  to  reduce  it 
to  2"  for  whioh  I  re  comended  a  series  of  four  sets  of  Rolls, 
so  as  not  to  pulverize  any  material  unduly,  bo  as  not  te 
.pulwo r i z e -any  -mat ex±a£a»rda%y ,  allowing  each  set  easy  work. 
Their  present  dumping  and  crushing  coBts  are  in  the  neigh¬ 
borhood  of  Zi  a  ton,  and  their  whole  idea  of  putting  in 
this  crushing  plant  is  to  reduce  the  expenses  and  give  them 
larger  capacity. 

They  also  have  a  quarry  producing  about 
1,500  tons  of  limestone  per  day,  which  they  are  operating 
by  hand,  and  the  costs  over  the  year  which  they  showed  me 
were  19^  per  ton.  I  could  not  understand  this  low  cost 
for  hand  work,  with  labor  at  $3.00  per  day,  until  1  went 
to  see  the  quarry,  and  then  found  that  although  a  compara¬ 
tively  hard  limestone,  it  was  so  broken  up  with  seams  and 
striations  that  they  used  black  powder  for  bringing  it  out, 
and  there  were  comparatively  few  pieces  that  came  out  over 
12"  in  diameter.  The  face  of  this  quarry  is  about  600  ft. 
long  and  about  250  ft.  high,  and  getting  higher  as  they  go 
back.  1  recommended  to  them  using  one  set  of  5  x  5*  Rolls 
in  thiB  quarry,  with  steam  shovelB  to  do  the  loading,  and 

T.A.E.  -tf- 

advised  them  that  they  should  he  able  to  save  at  least 
per  ton  in  the  operations. 

They  would  not  hear  of  2( /  a  ton  royalty 
as  their  present  crushing  costs  are  about  3d'  and  they  could 
not  see  where  they  would  he  warranted  in  making  the  invest¬ 
ment  ,  as  they  do  not  expect  to  he  able  to  save  anything  on 
their  mining  operations.  I,  therefore,  told  them,  after 
going  into  the  matter  very  thoroughly,  that  in  view  of  the 
conditions,  only  crushing  about  30"  dia.  stone  to  2",  that 
I  would  recommend  to  you  antf  installation  of  an  ore  crushing 
plant  at  the  mill  and  a  pair  of  5  ft.  Rolls  at  their  quarry; 
if  both  together,  at  a  1^  per  ton  royalty,  and  that  it  was 
a  matter  which  you  would  have  to  decided,  as  I  had  no 
authority  to  decrease  the  price  under  2< i  per  ton.  Their 
Gen,  Supt.,  Mr.  Wraith,  seemed  to  think  that  this  was  a 
fair  proposition  and  adviBed  his  engineers  to  make  up  a 
complete  report  with  all  the  information  which  I  could  give 
them,  so  that  he  could  submit  it  to  his  Board  and  see  if  they 
would  authorize  an  appropriation  for  installing  the  plants. 

I  left  Mr,  Wraith  and  he  intimated  that  he  expected  to  take 
the  matter  up  with  us  further,  and  also  took  addresses  of 
all  our  various  plants,  so  as  to  write  them  and  get  infor¬ 
mation  as  to  operation  of  our  Rolls. 

Mr.  Wraith  also  gave  instructions  to 



Mr.  Demond  to  pick  out  100  Its.  of  an  average  Bample  of 
their  second  grade  ore  and  ship  it  to  you,  which  I  presume 
has  been  done. 

UTAH  COPPER  COMPAHY:-  I  next  went  to  Salt 
lake  City.  Called  to  see  Mr.  Jackling,  of  the  Utah  Copper 
Co.  Mr.  Jackling  was  not  in,  hut  Mr.  Bradley,  hia  Chief 
Engineer,  advised  me  that  they  had  investigated  the  Edison 
Rolls  and  did  not  think  they  were  satisfactory  for  their 
purposes.  He,  however,  gave  me  permits  to  go  through  their 
quarry  and  the  plant . 

The  quarry  is  at  Bingham  Canyon,  about 
18  miles  from  their  plant,  and  it  is  a  montain  about  3,000 
ft.  high,  on  which  they  were  working  about  2<b  steam  shovels 
in  various  benches.  There  were  approximately  16  benches. 

Some  of  these  shovels,  however,  were  stripping,  and  they 
are  now  shipping  to  their  two  mills  15,000  or  16,000  tons 
per  day,  and  after  they  have  finished  remodeling  one  of 
their  mills,  which  they  expect  to  do  within  the  next  three 
months,  they  expect  to  handle  20,000  tons  per  day  of  24  hours. 

1  was  told  by  the  quarry  boss  that  there  - 
is  140  miles  of  railroad  on  the  quarry  mountain,  so  you  can 
get  an  idea  of  the  size  of  it.  They  have  Just  builttheir 
own  railroad  from  Bingham  Canyon  to  the  two  mills,  which  is 
about  18  miles  long  and  very  heavy  work,  and  they  have 



three  Mallett  compound  locomotives  of  225  tone  each,  for 
hauling  their  ore  trains.  The  rock  is  a  soft  porphory , 
hut  in  a  few  places  they  find  it  quite  hard.  In  many  of 
the  places  they  can  bring  it  down  with  black  powder  and 
very  low  grade  dynamite.  The  steam  shovels  load  directly 
into  50-ton  special  steel  hopper  cars.  These  are  hauled 
in  trains  of  30  to  40  cars  to  the  two  mills,  the  Magna 
mill,  which  has  a  capacity  of  15,000  tons  a  day,  and  the 
Arthur  mill,  about  one  mile  farther,  will  have  a  capacity 
of  about  6,000  to  7,000  tons  per  day.  These  oars  are  dumped 
into  pockets  over  bins  which  contain  grizzlieB  and  screens. 
This  separates  the  coarse  ore  from  the  fines.  The  coarse 
ore  goes  directly  to  7i  gyratory  crushers  (four  in  parallel) 
then  is  screened,  and  the  coarse  goes  to  smooth  rolls  shout 
56"  in  diameter  and  18“  face.  It  is  then  screened  and 
carried  to  smaller  rolls,  and  then  to  Chilian  mills; (there 
are  about  36  of  each  of  these) ,  then  to  a  set  of  36  Wilfley 
tables,  which  make  a  rough  concentration.  All  the  material 
then  passes  over  frujvdnners. 

Practically  everything  is  crushed  to 
20  mesh  and  finer  before  the  concentration  begins.  They 
concentrate  24  to  1,  and  then  the  concentrates  are  loaded 
and  shipped  to  the  Garfield  smelters,  a  mile  or  two  away. 

from  1.55$  to  1.80$  copper,  and  they 

The  copper  ore  runs 



figure  that  they  get  78#  of  the  total  copper  in  the  ore, 
the  22#  being  lost  in  their  tailings,  and  they  say  that 
practically  all  of  this  goes  out  in  the  slimes.  I  got 
the  following  figures,  hut  cannot  say  whether  they  are 
authentic  or  not.  Mill  costs  for  handling  are:- 

Unloading  and  coarse  crushing  (to  1”  size)  2.14 
Pulverising  down  to  20  mesh  9.0 

Concentrating  7.0 

Various  other  charges,  etc.,  bringing 
the  total  mill  cost  up  to  about  -  -  224  or  29? 

per  Ton. 

I  think  that  the  total  cost  of  28^  or  29^  is  right,  but 
cannot  say  how  close  the  other  figures  are  or  just  what 
they  include. 

The  mill  manager,  Mr.  Hoffatt,  was  very 
cordial  and  very  much  interested  in  our  crushing  system. 

He  said  that  it  was  necessary  for  them  to  put  in  a  central 
crushing  plant  whioh  would  handle  their  total  ore  for  both 
mills  (20,000  tons  a  day)  bo  as  to  reduce  the  costs,  as 
their  present  system  was  expensive  and  inefficient  and  did 
not  compare  with  the  rest  of  their  plant/  I  explained  to  them 
what  our  crushers  would  do,  and  he  went  into  details  very 
thoroughly  and  said  that  he  would  take  the  matter  up  with 
their  manager,  Hr.  Jackling. 

The  next  day  I  went  in  to  see  Hr.  Bradley 
again,  and  explained  to  them  what  we  could  do  in  the  way 
of  a  central  crushing  plant.  He  became  very  much  interested 

and  said  that  he  was  satisfied  that  they  would  build 
another  crushing  plant  this  year,  and  said  he  expected 
to  come  East  and  investigate  the  crushing  matter,  and  he 
had  no  doubt  that  they  would  take  the  matter  up  with  us 
in  the  near  future. 

I  could  not  interest  them  in  fine 
grinding,  because  they  are  afraid  to  handle  anything  dry, 
and  are  of  the  opinion  that  the  cost  of  drying  and  the 
labor  troubles  with  the  dry  mill  on  account  of  dust,  and 
the  expensive  methods  of  handling  the  ore  through  various 
elevators,  eto.,  instead  of  sluicing  it  as  they  do,  would 
eliminate  the  possibility  of  a  dry  crushing  plant  competing 
with  the  wet,  and  they  seemed  to  have  it  very  firmly  fixed 
in  their  heads  that  a  dry  crushing  plant  will  make  more 
slimes  than  wet  crushing. 

I  could  not  see  Hr.  Jackling,  as  he  was 
down  in  Arizona  on  a  new  oopper  proposition,  and  did  not 
expect  to  be  back  for  some  time,  but  I  believe  the**  chances 
are  fair  for  installing  one  complete  crushing  plant  for 
these  people,  and  they  are  certainly  doing  things  on  a 
magnificent  scale. 

Mr.  C,  B.  Lakenan,  general  manager  of  the  Nevada  Consolidated 
Mining  Co.,  who  are  handling  about  8,000  tons  per  day  with 

h,  steam  shovels  on  porphory  ore,  also  concentrating  it  and 
smelting  it  at  the  Stepto  Concentrating  Works,  MoGill,  llev. 

Mr.  Lakenan  was  not  very  cordial  and  seemed 
to  think  he  knew  a  great  deal  more  about  crushing  and  handling 
ore  than  anybody  in  the  world.  I,  therefore,  did  not  go  to 
their  plant,  as  there  porphory,  I  understand,  is  even  softer 
than  that  of  the  Bingham  Canyoh  (TItah  Copper  Co).  I,  however, 
got  the  names  of  some  other  Companies  that  are  being  started, 
and  will  take  it  up  by  mail,  to  see  if  it  is  possible  to 
interest  them. 

One  of  these  is  the  Inspiration  Copper  Co., 
located  in  Arizona,  which  is  being  Btarted  and  will  have  at 
first  a  capacity  of  7,000  tons  a  day,  with  the  idea  of  in¬ 
creasing  this  to  15,000  tons. 

I  e:q?ect  to  be  down  to  see  you  in  a  few 
days,  and  will  disouss  the  matter  more  fully. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Edison  Star  [not  selected]  (E-12-34) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  relating  to  the  myth  that 
Edison  was  responsible  for  a  bright  light  appearing  in  the  sky  above  Menlo 
Park,  N.J.  Edison  denied  responsibility  and  stated  that  the  light  was  the  planet 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Education  (E-12-35) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison's  opinion  on  technical  and  other  forms  of  education.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  consists  of  unsolicited  inquiries.  The  selected  items  include 
a  letter  from  Edison  to  students  in  New  Jersey  grammar  schools  "telling 
something  of  my  own  school-days." 

Less  than  5  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  of  routine  inquiries  with  no  substantive  reply  from 

Dear  young -friends 

I  have  been  asked  to  write  a  letter  to  the  hoys  arid 
girls  of  the  Grammar  Schools  in  Hew  JerBey  telling  something 
of  mv  own  sohool-days.  Suoh  a  letter  as  that  would  he  very 
short,  for  I  really  never  had  any  school-days  as  you  understand 
them.  I  was  rather  delicate  when  a 

sending  me  to  sohool,  my  mother,  who  had  been  a  High  School 
teacher,  educated  mo  herself  at  home.  She  the  one 

pupil,  which  was  fortunate  for  me  as  X  r ec e ived  thor 
sound  teaching.  My  mother  also  taught  me  how  to  read  S°od 
hooks  quickly  and  correctly, end  6s this  opened  up  a  great  world 
in  literature,  X  have  always  been  very  thankful  for  -his 
early  training. 

I  was  fond  of  experimenting,  so  when  I  was  about 
12  years  old  I  got  work  as-a  .train  nawBboy  in  orderto  earnmy 
own  pocket  money  to  buy  chemicals  and  apparatus  with  Whichto 
experiment.  My  train  ran  from  Sort  Huron  to  Dftroit.  and  this 
eave  me  opportunity  to  go  to  the  libraries  in  the  latter  oity 
fndreld  books  that  could  not  be  found  in  Port  Huron,  where  I 
lived  I  always  kept  busy  and  had  lotB  of  adventures  in  trying 
to  add  to  myefore  of  knowledge but  to  tell  you  the  whole 
story  Would  make  tny  letter  too  long* 

Sohool-dayB  are  very  diff erent  f r om  what  they  war e  ^ 
when  I  was  a  boy  fifty  yearB  ago.  ■  You  now  have  beautiful  school 

houses  with  modern  convenienceBan^apparatusandyourstudi 

to  be  very  happy  in  having  these  fine  opportunities  of  preparing 
ta  ao  big  things  in  the  world. 

Permit  me  to  thank  you  for  the  letter  whioh 
you  have  been  kind  enough  to  prepare  for  the  use  of 
the  grammar  sohool  children  of  the  state .  I  thank  you 
not  only  in  behalf  of  the  Department  of  Public  Instruc¬ 
tion,  but  in  behalf  of  the  children  thomselves. 

I  am,  with  much  respect, 

Very  truly  yours, 


May  1, 


Mr.  \ym.  H.  Meadoworoft , 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  IT.  .T. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

I  have  received  the  letter  from  Mr.  Edison 
which  yon  sent  to  me,  and  have  made  due  acknowledgment 
to  him. 

I  am. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Commissioner  of  Education. 

Cleveland,  Ohio  Aug.  8,  I9is. 

Thos.  A  Eddison  Co., 

You  would  confer  a  great  favor  on  the  writor  if  you  would  ask 
Ur.  Eddison  what  three  scientific  schools  in  the  country  he  would  recoionend 
for  eonduc.ting  some  experiments  for  us  on  the  properties  of  different  colored 
glass  in  regard  to  tlieir  absorbing  powers  of  the  irritating  rays  to  the 
Spectrum,  such  as  the  Violet,  Ultra  Violet  and  the  blue.  We  would 
greatly  appreciate  this  information. 

fours  very  truly. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Electric  Light  (E-12-36) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
electric  lighting  and  power.  Some  of  the  items  pertain  to  the  technical  and 
commercial  development  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery,  including  its  use 
in  Edison's  proposed  "Country  House  Lighting  System.  Among  the 
documents  for  1 91 2  are  letters  concerning  the  thirtieth  anmversaiy  of  Edison  s 
pioneering  Pearl  Street  station,  his  opinion  in  regard  to  isolated  plants  and 
his  continuing  involvement  with  the  General  Electric  Co.  A  few  items  deal  with 
the  commercial  and  technical  development  of  Mazda  Tungsten  Lamps  in  the 
United  States  and  Germany,  including  their  use  in  automobile  lighting. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  selected:  unsohcited 
promotional  material;  routine  correspondence  requesting  Edison  s  advice 
assistance,  or  attention  on  technical  and  commercial  matters.  Also  not 
selected  is  the  twenty-ninth  Annual  Report  of  the  Edison  &  Swan  United 
Electric  Light  Co.,  Ltd. 


Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 

Edison  Laboratories, 

East  Orange,  Hew  Jersey.  JS'- 

Dear  Sirs- 

In  aooordanoe  with  Mr.  Sargent's  instruotions,  we  will 
take  pleasure  in  sending  you  prints  of  the  General  Arrangement 
drawings  of  the  Fisk  Street  and  Quarry  Street  Stations  of  the 
Commonwealth  Edison  Company,  also  Property  Plat  showing  the  lo¬ 
cation  and  relative  arrangement  of  the  two  Stations. 

Mr.  Sargent  stated  that  on  his  return  from  Europe  it 
will  give  him  great  pleasure  to  spend  a  day  with  you,  and  he 
will  explain  to  you  fully  any  features  of  the  Stations  into 
which  you  may  care  to  go. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Orange,  K.J.-  t/.S.A. 

My  dear  Edisont- 

The  "bearer  of  this  is  Ur.  John  Yunck,  who  is  ^ 
returning  to  America  after  haring  helped  uo  in  star ting  the  menu 
factureof  tungsten  wire,  as  his  work  here  is  practically  finish- 

The  patent  situation  is,  howerer,  Rooming  most,  acute 
oTer  here  and  if  the  patent  which  the  AEG  filed  iB  granted,  it 
wl£  mean  one^rer  here  can  make  drawn  w^elamps  This 
patent  which  was  submitted  a  few  days  ago,  describes  in  every 
detail  the  process  by  which  we  and,  in  fact,  everybody  makes 
drawn  wire  lamps. 

How  Ur.  Yunck  is  fully  posted  with  regard  to  the  patent 
situation  and  knows  more  or  less  what  has  been  done  £®f?re  J*"11® 
we  engaged  him  to  assist  us  in  finding  literature,  which  can  be 

You  would  do  me  a  great  favor  if  you  would  give  Mr.  Yunck 
half  an  hour  of  your  valuable  time  and  have  a  chat  ***£  liim  and 
no  doubt  you  can  give  him  some  points  to  assist  us  in  this  lungsten 
patent  dilemma. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  kindness,  I  am  with 
best  wishes,  t  sincerely, 

P.8.  I  am  sending  you  through  Mr.  Yunck  1/1 
a  piece  of  drawnwire,  as  we  are  making  | 

»‘i-t  here  in  large" quantities  and  with  I&mumaiuu 

great  success.  {] 


The  next  meeting  of  the  Association  will  be  bald 
rooms  of  the  Engineering  Society's  Building,  27/33  West  39th 
street,  at  8  P.M.,  Monday,  April  1,  1912.  A  full  attendance 
is  desired. 


HEW  YORK,  March  29,  1912. 

The  past  month  has  been  productive  of  .some  rather  startling 
information  as  regards  the  interests  of  the  Isolated  Power  Plants. 
Perhaps  the  most  important  is  the  publication  in  the  Saturday 
Evening  Post  of  an  article  giving  the  views  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
the  inventor,  on  the  subject  of  the  control  of  the  Trusts. 

t  every  word  of  Mr.  Edison  on  that  subject  has  peouliar 
and  interest,  it  would  be  well  for  every  member  of  the 
Association  to  procure  a  copy  of  the  Saturday  Evening  Post  of 
the  date  of  March  16th  and  to  carefully  study  Mr.  Edison' b 
opinions.  The  article  is  a  long  one,  and.  there  will  be  space 
here  t£  give  the  gist  of  it  only. 

Tile  Edison  article  is  headed  "A  MESSAGE  FROM  MR.  EDISON 
TO  THE? MAN  WHO  PAYS  THE  BILLS."  Mr.  Edison  thinks  that  the 
Trust  Question  can  be  "best  solved  by  preventing  tlie  sale  of 
goods  ^.t  a  loss.  This  is  merely  another  way  of  stating  that 
he  would  do  away  with  "out-throat  competition,"  which  is  the 
Trust  Method  of  attaining  a  monopoly.  Mr.  Edison  would  not 
only  dp  away  with  cut— throat  competition,  but  he  advises  the 
prohibition  of  the  sale  of  goods  at  less  than  the  cost  of  manu¬ 
facture,  plus  a  fair  profit.  He  would  compel  manufacturers  to 
sell  fioods  at  the  same  price  at  the  same  time  throughout  the 
oountry,  and  that  the  price  should  include  a  reasonable  profit. 

While  many  people  might  differ  with  Hr.  Edison  as  to  the 
practicability  of  selling  goods  all  over  the  oountry  at  the  same 
price  at  the  same  time,  they  certainly  would  not  take  issue  with 

inflia  at  the  same  timeT  TlrTEdison's  views  in  regardTo^rcut-_ 
thPOftt  “ompetitlon’1  parried  out  in  regard  to  the  sale  of  electric 
Current  by  the  New  York  Edison  Company  would  solve  the  question 
now  before  the  public  Service  Commission  in  short  order;. 

i ; .  Mr.,  Edison  is  in  favor  of  the  independent  manufacturer;  he 
says  the  independent  manufacturer  does  not  fear  the  raising-but 
rather  the  lowering  of  the  prloes  on  the  part  of  the  Great Trusts; 
therefore  he  favors  a  minimum  price,  suoh  minimum  price  to  include 
a  fair  profit.  He  insists,  that  in  order  to  give  his  views  a 


fair  show  the  water  should  he  squeezed  out  of  the  capital  of 
the  Trusts. 

_  +niyii  rr  the  views  of  Mr-  Edison  will  he  much  liked  by  the 

i  s. “  tj  gj: 

\  Sa?oh lethi  have  ?t  framed  and  hung  up  in  a  conspicuous  position. 

The  result  of  the  steam  heating  operations of  the 
ment  for  the  post  offioe  use  $5,931.C 

The  following  points  were  made  before  the  I Oo??J0®3;Op/,^nr.v 
treating  of  the  rfsSlts  of  the  operations  of  the  Edison  Company 
for  the  year  1911. 


In  working  out  the  results  of  what  the  Edison  Company^ _ 
officials  oallS" differential  rates"  for  the  year  ending  December 
31,  1911, the  following  faots  stand  out  prominently. 

First  and  most  important  is  thefact  that  absolutely  no  re¬ 
duction  was  made  by  the  schedule  of  July  1,  1911,  to  the  average 
consmer  o?  current.  The  schedule  fixed  uponshows  no  reduc¬ 
tion  of  urice  except  on  bills  of  over  $25.  monthly. 


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The  oonsumers  paying  the  maximum  rate  of  ten  cents  con¬ 
tributed  $8,442,836,01  or  over  one-half  of  all  receipts  from 
private  oonsumers  for  the  year  1911. 

The  "General,  Rate",  the  receipts  from  which  averaged  9.8 
cents  for  the  year  1911  furnished  $10,085,172.64,  or  51^  of  the 
total  reoeipts  from  all  classes  of  customers;  57-1/254  of  the 
reoeipts  from  private  customers. 

The  "Power  Rate"  furnished  $3,203,794.34  during  the  year, 
at  an  average  of  7.97  oents  per  kilowatt  hour.  This  rate,  which 
inoludeB  in  its  use  the  "longest  hour  users"  and  therefore  the 
most  favorable  to  the  company,  shows  a  distinct  increase  in  the 
average  prioe  received  over  the  year  1910,  the  average  of  which 
was  7.46  oents  per  kilowatt  hour. 

The  "General  Rate"  and  the  "Power  Rate",  which  conjointly 
in  1911;  the  year  of  the  GREAT  REDUCTION,  averaged  9.30  per 
kilowatt  hour.  The  "differential"  in  favor  of  the  company 
over,  the  average  selling  prioe  of  5.97,  was  3.33  oents  per 
kilowatt  hour.  The  excess  over. the  average  of  the  "Wholesale 
Rate"  was  5.05  per  kilowatt  hour,  which  multiplied  into  the  kilo¬ 
watt  hours  of  current  sold  under  these  two  rates  amounted  to  over 
$7,200,000.  7 

The  advantages  of  reduction  of  rates- in  1911,  so  far  as  dis¬ 
closed  by  the  report  was  divided  as  follows:  (The  report  referred 
to  1b  the  abstraot  made  by  Dr.  Weber: of  the  report  of  operations 
during  the  year  1911  of  the  N.  Y.  Edison  Company,  as  made  by 
it  to  the  Commission). 

The  "General.  Rate"  oonsumers  paid  $10,085,162.64  for  ourrent 
at  an  average  price  of  9.8  cents  per  kilowatt  hour;  and  at  that 
rate  saved  approximately,  very  approximately  $82,141.08  over 
what  they  would  have  paid,  based  upon  the  prices  of  1909.  The 
comparison  has  to  be  made  with  1909  because  in  that  year  the 
results  of  the  classified  rates  were  separated. 

The  "Wholesale  Rate"  oonsumers  in  1911  paid  quite  approximate¬ 
ly  $4,115,449.52  at  an  average  rate  of  4.25  oents  per  kilowatt 
hour.  They  saved  $726,291.21  over  what  they  would  have  paid  had 
the  rates  of  1909 ^continued  during  1911. 

A  comparison  of  the  differentials  for  the  year  1911  shows 
as  follows:' 

Ourrent  Sold  Amount  Per 

K.W. Hours  Billed  K.W.Hr. 

General  Rate  -  -  -  -  $102,676,360.  $10,085,162.64  9.8 

Wholesale  Rate  -  96,838,829.  4,115,447.52  4.25 

Apparently,  the  general  rate  is  2.3  times  greater  than  the  dif¬ 
ferential  rate,  called  wholesale.  But,  this  comparison  is  far 


from  telling  the  whole  story  In  regard  to  the  working  of 

Comparing  the  results  of  the  differential  practice  as  between 
the  years  1909  and  1911,  the  following  peculiarity  of  the  dif¬ 
ferential  system  shows  up: 



Bills  K.W.Hr. 

1911  General  Rate  -  r  -  -  - 
1909  Retail  (now  General)  - 

.  77,433,650 

$10,085,162.64  9.8 

7,653,113.41  9.88 

Increase  -  — 


$  2,432,049.23  9.62 

1911  Wholesale  Rate  -  -  -  - 
1909  T/holesale  Rate  -  -.  -  -  ' 



$  4,115,447.52  4.25 

3,659,873.10  4.99 

.  Increase  -  .-  -  - 


$  555,574.42  2.35 

It  will  be  noted  that  while  the  increased  sales  of  the  company 
at  the  high'  rate' brought  to  it  a  revenue  at  the  rate  of  9.02  cents 
per  kilowatt,. hour,  , the.  increased  sales  : at.  the'  low  rate  brought 
but  2.55  oents  Iper  kilowatt  hour.  As  it  oan'be  fairly  assumed 
that  it  is  the  ir.orease  in  the  output  of  ourrpnt  that-,  .measures 
the  cost  -torthe/’.bdmpany.,  ibis'  plain ; to  be  seen  \ that  this  working 
of  the  "differential"  is  a  mere  pumping  process  from  the  pockets 
of ,  the,  general,  rate  oohsumer  into  the  .pockets  of  the  wholesale 
consumer,  for  what  the  company  gains  on  one;  j  it  hands  over  to  the 
other .  "  -  \  .  ! 

Under  the  wholesale  rates -in  this  comparison  is  included  for 
both  1909  and  1911  the  intermediate  wholesale. 


The  new  tungsten  lamps  are'  calculated  to  afford  a  considerable 
economy  in  the  use  of  current  for. lighting,  i  This  calculation  is 
somewhat  disturbed  in  two  ways:  First,  by  plaoing  the  lamps  as 
near  the  oeiling  aBposslble,  and  where  that  proceeding  does 
not  effect  the  desired  result : sufficiently,  vessels  resembling 
"  jardinieres" r  are!  suspended' underneath'  the  elevated  lamps,  -in 
which  oase  the  illumination  of  the'  room  oomes,  from  a  white  spot 
on  the  ceiling.  -'  jin  other  oases'  the  .light  is;  allowed  to  stream 
in  through  a  .oraok  above  the  dorni'oe. .  Both  (these  effeots  are 
supposed  to  be  quite  esthetic  and  to  refleot  a  high  degree  of 
taste.  '  The  -net  result'  in-a  (given. case  where!  the  shoving  up  pro¬ 
cess  has  been  oarried  out,  without  the.  jardiniere  accompaniment, 
is"  as  follows v  comparing  '1907  with  1911.  Increase  of.  our -rent 
used  for.  lighting  from  67,060'kilowatt  hourB  in  1907  to  166,280 
in  1911,  an  increase  of  248  per  cent. 


Secretary  and  Treasurer. 



New  York,  April  3,  1912 

Meeting  of  the  Isolated  Power  Plant  Ass'n.,  held  at 
#20  West  39th  St.,  Monday,  April  1,  1912.  It  was  a  small 
meeting  with  about  15  members  present. 

The  meeting  was  oalled  to  order  at  8:30.  The  minutes 
of  the  last  meeting  were  read  off  and  our  Committee  on  Publioity 
read  off  a  oopy  of  a  letter  whioh  was  put  up  as  a  motion  and 
carried.  A  number  of  these  letters  are  to  be  printed  and  sent 
to  owners  and  real  estate  men,  the  letter  is  a  long  one  and  im¬ 
possible  to  remember  all  that  it  stated.  The  following  are 
some  of  the  explanations  the  letter  oontained:-  The  EdiBon  Oo. 
started  out  trying  to  get  all  the  Isolated  Power  Plants  by 
oharging  different  rates  for  their  ourrent,  they  suooeeded  in 
getting  a  number  of  isolated  plants  by  claiming  it  was  oheaper 
to  use  Edison  current  than  to  generate  their  own.  They  claim 
that  the  exhaust  heating  is  only  a  trifle,  blit  thiB  letter  ex¬ 
plains  any  isolated  plant  from  75  HP  up  and  UBing  the  exhaust 
steam  for  heating  that  there  is  a  large  saving  and  subtracting 
the  oost  of  heating  from  the  oost  of  generating  ourrent  Bhows 
that  the  isolated  plant  is  far  oheaper  than  the  Edison  Current. 

26  buildings  of  the  number  that  Edison  Oo.  suooeeded 
in  putting  in  their  installation  have  given  up  the  EdiBon  cur¬ 
rent  and  have  installed  their  own  private  plant  again.  -  These 
26  buildings  will  be  used  as  references  to  prove  these  facts . 
Eleotric  ourrent  can  be  generated  from  an  Isolated  plant  for  2 / 
a  KW,  providing  the  plant  is  handled  properly.  This  letter 
also  gives  in  figures  the  different  rates  the  Edison  charges 
their  consumers. 

Next  oame  a  report  from  Mr.  Edgerton.  He  spoke  on 
the  publication  which  was  in  the  Saturday 'Evening  Post  giving 
the  views  of  Thos.  A.  Edison  on  a  subjeot  of  the  oontrol  of  the 
trusts,  of  whioh  you  will  find  a  oopy  enolosed.  Mr.  Edgerton 
said  it  is  very  strange  that  Mr.  Edison  should  publish  an  article 
of  this  kind  Just  at  the  time  this  fight  is  going  on,  as  every¬ 
thing  he  says  points  to  the  lines  of  our  fight,  which  is  being 

oarried  on  now.  It  oan  not  be  that  he  has  made  a  mistake,  for 

he  is  a  level  headed  man  and  the  strangest  part  of  it  is  he  is 

in  favor  of  the  oentral  station,  but  Mr.  Edgerton  olaims  he 
i  thinks  that  .this  has  been  done  on  purpose  and  believes  that. 
lMr.  Edison  may  be  in  favor  of  the  Isolated  Power  Plant. 

Mr.  Edgerton  wrote  to  Mr.  Edison  to  see  whether  he 


oould  try  to  got  him  to  become  a  member  of  this  association 
received  an  answer  from  Ur.  Edison's seoretary  stating 
that  Mr. Edison  was  down  in  Florida  and  may  possibly  hear  from 
him  when  he  returns. 

Mr.  Edgerton  next  read  off  a  letter  of  congratulation 
from  Mr.  Carpenter,  a  professor  of  Cornell  University j  he  is 
going  to  become  a  member  of  our  association,  Mr.  Carpenter  and 
lomegother  professors  are  going  to  start  a  one  year  test  and 
Mr.  Edgerton  says  that  Mr.  Carpenter  will  show  ^s^terfigures 
than  he  can,  as  he  is  about  one  of  the  brightest  men  in  the 
oountry  on  power  plants. 

Mr.  Edgerton  next  made  a  report  on  the  last  P.S.  hearing 
■hn  naid  he  nut  in  some  figures  which  some  of  the  engineers  claim 
wls  impossibU  and8 the  Edi^n  people  laughed  at  his  figures ,  but 
he  savs  the  figures  were  oorreot  and  when  they  are  figured  out 
and  all  reportfare  in  they  will  win  another  victory. 

Another  point  which  the  Edison  Co.  has  been  trying  to 

ssi.-rif, 4K  bvk  stffivrt.ars  a  a 

3  figured  out  it  Bhowed 

££at  this  amount "would  pay  for  the  lighting  only  and  the  com¬ 
missioners  found  this  out  and  did  not  agree  to  this  rating. 

Another  point  was  brought  out  showing  where  the  Edison 
no  was  a  loser  of  over  $5,000  for  this  Bame  kind  of  rating  as 
above  in  which  the  Pennsylvania  R.  R.  furnished  the  steam. 

Mr.  Edgerton  said  there  was  a  bill  at  Albany  to  fix 
a°oapitalizationiff9inoomehof  |l2?000, 000*1  year?  meaniAg^hat 

|u$o6°«»  and  *  1~—  on  tg.,  “ 

“£«“  Srtin’SrttS**? SSSs  M»  not  ?o  sign 

5S!  a  heSlnl  1.  Hold’.  A  brother  ...her  got  up 

and  said  ttet  he  would  make  a  motion  that  the  secretary  write 
a  letter  to  the  Governor  regarding  this  capitalizationincome 
Sntil  a  hearing  is  held.  This  motion  was  seoonded  and  oarrled. 

to  .tart 

Central  Hotel,  Wednesday  evening,  April  3d,  by  the  Combined 


-  3  - 

Aas'ne.  of  the  In'tional  Aaa'n  of  Stationary  Engineers. 

Under  the  head  of  unfinished  huaineaa.  A  committee 
gave  in  report  in  referenoe  to  looking  for  new  meeting  rooma 

Under  the  head  of  new  huaineaB.  A  brother  member  spoke 
aa  follovras-  I  think  it  would  be  a  good  idea  later  on  when  we 
oan  afford  to  pay  for  it  that  we  oould  engage  a  room  in  the  central 
part  of  the  city  called':, the  Iaolated  Power  Plant  Information  Bureau 
for  the  benefit  of  real  eatate  men,  owners  and  thOBe  thinking  of 
building. to  give  them  information  about  isolated  plants.  Give  them 
the  coat  and  expense  of  running  them  and  explain  to  them  how  much 
cheaper  it  ia  to  have  a  private  plant.  This  would  be  given  with¬ 
out  ooat. 

Another  brother  got  up  and  spoke  as  follows :  I  think 
it  would  be  a  good  idea  to  insert  an  ad  in  the  help  column  in  any 
daily  paper  asking  the  engineers  to  attend  one  of  our  meetings. 

I  believe  in  this  way  a  good  many  engineers  would  become  members 
of  our  Aaa'n. 

The  ohairman  thought  this  a  good  idea  and  said  he  would 
leave  it  to  our  Publioity  Committee  to  consider  thia. 

Meeting  adjourned  at  10:20. - " 


In  Reply  Refer  1 

Harrison,  N.  J.  Apr.  17 ,  1912 

Hr.  V ftn.  Iteadoworoft, 

fhomaa  A.  Edison's  Laboratory, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Headoworoft: 

Referring  to  our  conversation 
of  last  week,  I  will  appreciate  it  if  you  will  put 
Mr.  U.  W.  Long,  the  bearer  of  this  letter,  in  touch 
with  Hr.  Ott,  to  dlBoues  the  original  layout  of  Hr. 

Edison's  first  ihoandesoent  lanp  factory. 

With  heBt  regards,  I. remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Manager,  Lags  Works. 


April  19+h,  1912 

J.  I, let),  Jr.,  Ssq., 

67  Puona  "treot , 

He-J  York  City. 

Hy  Sear  Hr.  linb:- 

Hr.  Manfloworoft  has  shown  mo  your  letter  to  hin  undo:- 
date  of  the  10th  instant ,  together  with  copies  of  a  circular  of 
the  national  Isolated  Power  Plant  Association  and  ninutas  of  meeting. 

It  is  utterly  absurd  either  for  Hr.  "dgerton  cr  any 
Association  eiioh  as  he  represents  to  try  to  con  a true ray  published 
words  in  favor  of  any  Isolated  Plant  Association.  The  most  ordinary 
raind  should  be  able  to  coraprkheiid  that  tho  isolated  plant  in  a  large 
city  partakes  of  thevnnture  of  middleman,  and  the  most  oasunl  roador 
of  the  artiole  in  the  Saturday  Svening  Post  of  Karoh  16th  pill  seo  that 
ray  remarks  are  directed  against  the  middleman  in  general. 

I  have  always  combatted  the  principle  of  installing 
isolated  plants  in  a  city  whose  streets  arc  ecuipped  with  a  network 
of  conductors  supplying  onrront  fron  a  Central  Station,  and  it  is 
the  height  of  absurdity  for  any  person  or  Isolated  plant  Association 
to  claim  that  I  am  arrayed  on  their  side.  Por  nearly  35  years  the 
Central  Station  has  been  ny  ideal  for  all  Kleotrio  light  and  power 
work  In  Cities,  and  I  see  no  reason  to  ohange  at  this  late  date. 

Apr/  19/12 

Sr.  (2) 

Hr.  IWgorton  has  not  the  slightest  foundation  for 
stating  that  there  might  ho  Any  possibility  of  my  joining  Kta 

Yours  very  truly. 



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April  27,  1912. 


Thomp.s  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Care  Edison' a  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  Dear  Edison: 

I  am  very  much  obliged  / 
to  you,  indeed,  for  sending  me  the  telegram 
with  relation  to  the  Twenty-fifth  Anniversary 
of  the  starting  of  the  old  Chioago  Edison 
Company.  It  was  very  kind  of  you  to  answer 
so  promptly.  I  am  going  to  have  the  telegram 
put  on  a  slide  and  thrown  on  a  Bcreen  Konday 
night.  I  am  confident  my  hoyB  will  appreciate 
the  compliment  of  getting  a  message  from  you. 

Yours  truly 


In  Reply  Refer  to 

Harrison,  N.  J.  May  22 ,  1912 

meadow  croft. 

of  the  Moore  light  will  now  have  an  opportunity  of  bSooming  more 
largely  available  to  the  public’,  and  believe  the  filamentless  lamp 
is  not  a  great  distance  in  the  future. 

I  thank  you  for  the  courtesies  extended  to 
me  on  my  last  visit  to  your  residence.  I  hope  to  find  time  to  avail 
myself  of  your  invitation  to  visit  you  at  your  laboratory  befiore 

Very  truly  yours, 

>%^0  0* 


Thos’  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Llewellyn  Eark, 
\7.  Orange 

Lear  Sir:- 



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3,  1913  \ 

A  party  whom  I  have  assisted  in  a  financial  way  from 
time  to  time  is  permanently  connected  with  the  Straight  Filament 
Lamp  Co.  of  flew  York  City.  The  party  that  I  refer  to  has  ,1ust 
returned  from  Europe  where  he  secured  an  option  on  a  tongsten 
straight  filament  light  which  he  expects  to  close  and  thereby 
secure  the  American  rights  for  this  patent.  He  claims  that  this 
patent  has  termendous  advantages  over  all  the  other  lights  now  in 
the  market  hut  to  a  layman  it  is  somewhat  difficult  to  ascertain 
positively  about  these  things  and  what  I  would  like  to  do  is  to  get 
your  co-oporation  and  assistance  in  this  matter  to  make  a  full  and 
thorough  investigation  of  this  patent,  which  has  been  filed  at 
Washington,  and  which  they  expect  to  be  allowed  shortly. 

If  you  will  join  me  in  this  matter  and  designate  some 
party,  if  you  do  not  wish  to  appear  in  it  yourself,  to  make  a  thorough 
investigation  by  having  your  man  come  over  here  and  go  through  the 
entire  matter  with  the  party  which  I  can  see  is  done  to  your  entire 

satisfaction,  and  if  it  lookB  good  to  you  I  am  willing  to  put  up  all 


the  money  thRt  is  necessary  to  huy  the  rights,  etc.  and  if  I  do 
this  for  the  partjr  I  am  sure  I  could  get  a  oontract  suoh  as  you 
think  uoiTld  he  entitled  to  and  will  agree  to  follow  your  suggestions 
and  demands  along  this  line  and  for  your  assistenoe  in  the  matter 
I  am  willing  to  take  such  interest  as  Jrou  think  I  might  he  entitled 
to..  In  other  words,  on  the  surface  tho  patent  and  its  possibilities 
appear  very  inviting*  A s  to  the  rest,  you  can  determine  to  your  own 

judgment  and  satisfaction  just  what  its  possibilities  are  and  as  X 
stated  before,  the  negotiations  will  be  carried  on  according  to 
your  dictation  and  whateveryou  require  for  your  protection  in 
advance  if  necessary  for  this  investigation  I  am  more  than  willing 
to  sign  up  on. 

I  trust  you  will  givo  this  letter  your  careful  con¬ 
sideration  and  if  you  do  I  believe  it  will  prove  mutually  profitable 
to  both  of  us.  I  will  appreciate  a  prompt  reply  to  this  letter. 

Yours  very  truly 


fttbltr  ftmito  iElertrir  Cnmpattg 

"  Broad  &  Bank  Streets, 

Newark ,  N.  J. , 

June  14,  1912. 


s«~,  t txr  i  'J- — k  l^r.  , 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Valley  Road,  Orange,  II .  - . 

Bear  Sir: 

X  am  sending  you,  under  separate  cover,  a  oopy 
of  "Comfort  in  the  Home,"  a  Booklet  issued  By  this  company, 
in  whioh  appears  your  letter  written  to  us  under  date  of 
January  11,  1912. 

We  wish  to  again  thank  you  for  your  courtesy. 

Very  truly  yourB, 

ebp  S)r~ 

On  February  27,  1912,  United  States  Patent  No.  r, 018, 302  was  Issued  to  the  General  Electric 
Company,  broadly  covering  tbe  TUNGSTEN  INCANDESCENT  ELECTRIC  LAMP,  no  matter  how 
made.  One  of  the  several  claims  of  this  patent  is : 

"A  filament  for  incandescent  lights  consisting  of  tungsten  in  a  coherent  metallic 
state  and  homogeneous  throughout.” 

Suit  has  been  brought  on  this  patent  against  the  Laco-Philips  Company  in  New  York,  that 
Company  being  engaged  in  the  importation  and  sale  of  tungsten  lamps  made  in  Holland. 

It  is  our  intention  to  prosecute  this  suit  vigorously  and  to  secure  an  injunction  and  an  order  for 
an  accounting  of  profits  and  damages  with  reference  to  the  sale  of  these  infringing  lamps. 

Similar  suits  will,  in  due  course,  be  brought  against  others  selling,  using  or  making  tungsten 
lamps  infringing  our  patents,  where  such  suits  may  become  necessary  to  protect  the  rights  of  the 
General  Electric  Company,  which  has  perfected  the  MAZDA  TUNGSTEN  LAMP  and  made  it 
available  for  the  use  of  the  public  in  this  country. 

While  the  patent  particularly  recited  above  covers  the  tungsten  lamp  broadly  and  fundamentally, 
we  are  utilizing  many  important  inventions  constituting  improvements— adding  to  the  efficiency  of  the 
lamps— which  are  and  will  be  protected  by  patents.  Among  the  issued  patents  are : 

No.  819,009,  dated  April  24,  1906.  No.  919,381.  dated  April  27,  1909. 

No.  997,413,  dated  July  ir,  igu.  No.  r.ot3,958,  dated  January  9,  1912- 

No.  1,013,965,  dated  January  9,  1912.  No.  1,022,182,  dated  April  2,  1912. 

No.  1,022,554,  dated  April  9,  1912. 

Dealers  in;  and  manufacturers  and  users  of,  tungsten  lamps,  as  well  as  the  public  generally,  are 
hereby  notified  of  our  rights  under  these  patents,  and  this  notice  is  given  in  order  that  you  may  be 
fully  advised  as  to  the  situation. 

This  and  supplemental  printed  or  written  communications  that  may 'similarly  be  issued,  from 
time  to  time  by  us,  or  by  counsel,  mentioned  below,  who  have  immediate  charge  of  this  litigation, 
constitute  the  only  authorized  statements  with  reference  to  this  patent  situation. 

Fish,  Richardson,  Herrick  &  Nbavb 
Howson  &  Howson, 

Dybr,  Dyer  &  Taylor, 



By  Albert  G.  Davis, 

Patent  Attorney, 


General  Offices.  39  Boylston  Street. 

Boston,  July  11,  1912. 

Mr.  William  H.  Meadow-croft, 
c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison  laboratory, 

Orange ,  II.  J. 

Bear  Sir:- 

X  have  your  letter  of  July  9th, 
addressed  to  Mr.  Atkins,  and  take  pleasure  in 
sending  you  under  separate  cover  a  copy  of  "Ode 
To  The  Electric  Carriage". 

I  trust  the  same  will  reach  you  in 
due  season,  and  with  kindest  regards  from  Mr.  Atkins, 
I  beg  to  remain, 

Very  truly  your 3, 

Ssci(etary  to^Ceneral  Superiryte^dent. 





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Orange,  H.  ^  v/  ^  ,/A 

^  **>/&/ 

I  have  discovered  among  the  papers  ofV-^ 

my  uncle  who  just  died,  one  hundred  (100)  shares  y  . 

of  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  of  Europe,  signed 

hy  you  as  President.  -  J'  ' 

Will  your  kindly  inform  me  if  this  certificate^ 

has  any  value,  and  oblige. 

Very  truly  yours, 

General  Electric  company 
Main  Incandescent  Lamp  Sat.^s  Office 

are  of  the  proper  size  and  perforated  for  insertion  in  the  S.A.E. 
hand  hook. 

'He  trust  that  the  information  contained  will  he  of 
interest  to  you. 

Additional  copies  may  he  secured  upon  request. 
Yours  very  truly, 


Asst,  to  Mgr.  ri-rc 

G.  L.  #232 




General  Sales  Office,  Harrison,  N.  J. 





21st  August  1912 

Thomas  A  Edison  Esq 
Llewellyn  Park 
Orange  Now  Jersey 

This  is  the  thirtieth  year  of  continuous  Edison 
service  in  Mew  York  City  -  1882-1912  -  excepting  the  very 
short  interruption  which  followed  the  Pearl  street  fire. 

Wo  wish  to  celebrate  the  event  in  some  fitting  way.  The 
anniversary  of  starting  the  Pearl  street  Station  is  Septem¬ 
ber  4th.  We  feel,  howover,  that  it  would  be  much  better 
to  use  the  Electrical  Exposition,  opening  October  9th,  as 
commemorating  the  thirty  year  period. 

Special  provisions  are  being  made  for  the  oporiing 
day,  and  in  the  Exposition  itself  we  are  trying  to  get  as 
many  exhibitors  as  possible  to  illustrate  the  today  in 
electrical  apparatus  in  contrast  with  thirty  years  ago  m 
what  the  exhibitor  then  made,  or,  if  nothing,  what  was  avail¬ 
able  to  the  publio  for  securing  corrosponaing  service.  in 
other  words,  to  suggest  what  might  be  the  condition  of  today 
without  your  inventions  and  work. 

Would  it  be  practicable  to  join  with  us  in  a  fit¬ 
ting  commemoration  of  this  event?  It  has  seemed  to  me 
that  one  exhibit  might  be  made  illustrating,  at  least  basic¬ 
ally,  your  own  work  through  our  own  and  the  many  other  fields 
in  which  it  has  been  directed.  Were  it  practicable  to 
make  suoli  an  orfaibit,  or  any  part  of  it,  this  Company  would 
be  vory  glad  to  provide  the  space  required  in  tho  Hon  Grand 
Central  Palace,  and  to  equip  it  in  any  manner  that  might  be 
necessary  to  furnish  a  fitting  background. 

Miss  Mary  Ormsbee ,  Editor  of  The  Edison  Monthly , 
and  Miss  Helon  Ormsbee,  whom  we  havo  especially  retained 
for  nroparation  of  the  volume  to  be  issued  at  the  time  of 
the  Commemoration,  entitlod  "Thirty  Years  of  Edison  oervioe 
in  Hew  York" ,  are  going  to  the  Laboratories  tomorrow  to 
talk  with  Mr  Koadowcroft.  Could  you  spare  a  fen  minutes, 
they  would  tell  you  more  in  detail  what  our  plans  are,  or 
I  should  be  glad  to  run  out  to  the  Laboratories  at  any  time 
to  do  this  in  person. 


August  36th  1913. 

Mr.  William.  H.  Meadowcroft. 

The  Edison  Laboratories, 

Orange.  IT,.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

In  connection  with  the  "Thirty  Years 
of  Edison  Service"  on  which  you  so  kindly  assisted  my  sister 
and  me  last  week,  may  I  recall  your  suggestion  that  we  delay 
our  interview  Yfith  Mr.  Edison  until  later. 

It  occurred  to  me,  that  it  may  be 

better  not  to  try  to  see  Mr.  Edison  at  all,  but  to  ask  your 

good  offices  in  securing  a  brief  statement  for  the  little 
book,  on  the  future  of  central  station  .  service  in  large 

Perhaps  Mr.  Edison  ,in  return  for 
not  being  disturbed,  would  dictate  a  paragraph  giving  his 
opinion  as  to  the  further  developement  of  Edison  Service 
in  New  York  City,  and  its  future  possibilities  for 

Will  you  not  help  us  to  secure  such 
a  statement  from  him? 

Very  truly  yours. 

X  Jfr  rtl 

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Sopt.  6th,  1918. 

Mr.  H.  P.  Miller,  Sec., 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange.  iJ*  J- 

Bear  Mr.  Miller: 

Many  thanks  for  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst., 
and  please  tell  Mr.  Edison  that  I  am  muoh  obliged  to 
him  for  the  information  given  therein  regarding  his 
originating  the  idea  of  making  free  lamp  renewals. 

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"Private  Secretary  to" 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq*  , 

Orang,  Hew  Jersey. 

Bear  Sir:- 

I  would  thank  you  vary  much  if  you  will  advise  me 
whether  or  not  any  one  is  alloewd  to  visit  the  house  that 
Mr.  Edison  has  equipped  with  electricity,  in  Llev/ellyn  Park. 

1  believe  that  this  place  is  called  the  Twentyioth  Centwry  house? 
Is  it  necessary  to  sovcure  a  permit  and  if  so  how  can  one  secure 

Thankingyou  for  your  kind  consideration,  X  aiu, 

Very  respectfully, 

October  2nd  19X3 

Thomas  A  Ediaon  Esq 
Llewellyn  Park 
Orange  New  Jersey 

Dear  Ur  Edison 

As  our  very  honored  guest  at  the  Luncheon  on 
next  Wednesday,  the  9th,  I  am  simply  sending  you  the 
accompanying  invitation  for  your  information  and  possibly 
for  your  files.  If  it  meats  with  your  approval,  we 
will  have  a  motor  call  for  you,  at  the  Laboratories  or 
at  Llewellyn  Park,  in  time  to  get  here,  and  see  that  you 
return  safely  at  any  time  during  the  afternoon  meeting 
your  convenience. 

We  are  hoping  that  Urs  Edison  and  Uiss  Edison 
will  bo  present.  Perhaps  they  will  find  it  convenient 
to  also  make  use  of  the  motor, 

Ur  George  B  Cortelyou  has  Just  Bent  a  message 
saying  that  he  is  not  going  to  be  in  the  City  at  the  time, 
but  desired  to  be  especially  remembered  to  you  and  to 
congratulate  you  upon  the  completion  of  this  Thirty  Years 
of  Service.  Likewise  Mr  Herman  Ridder,  who  will  be  away 
from  the  City,  sent  the  same  compliments  to  you  personally. 

Very  sincerely 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear. Hr.  Edison;;  • 

Thank  you  for  your  letter  of  the  16th.  1 

appreciate  very  much  your  consideration  in  giving  me  the 
reasons  hocause  of  which  you  thought  it  well  to  place  order 
for  the  76  KW-  three-unit  motor  generator  set  recently  pur¬ 
chased,  for  your  Laboratory ,  with  the  Crocker-Wheeler  Co. 

A  few  months  since,  I  suggested  to  one 
of .my  longtime- friends ,  who  doed  .^ome  very  interesting 
original  worktin  adapting  the  use  of  eleotrioity  to  manu¬ 
facturing  processes,-  that  being  in  need  of  a  new  storage 
battery,  he  should  try  an  installation  of  the  Edison.  He 
purchased  a  few  cells  through  Mr.  Holden.  ,  He  recently 
wrote  to  me  as  follows: 

"W  am  daily  more  and  more  in  love  with  the  Edison 
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I  with  kindest  regards,  and  sending  you  best 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Employment  (E-1 2-37) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  from  or  about  employees  and 
prospective  employees.  There  are  also  letters  soliciting  Edison's  opinion 
regarding  former  employees  seeking  positions  elsewhere.  Some  of  the 
correspondence  relates  to  employment  requests  for  the  West  Orange 
laboratory.  Also  included  are  memoranda  by  Miller  Reese  Hutchison 
regarding  the  performance  of  various  employees. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 

fa  ■  6  (J  /*/  C  J2. 


Thos. A. Edison 
Dear  Sir* 

Years  ago  when  you  were  an  operator  at  Indianapolis  I  run  the 
Depot  Restaurant  at  this  point.  At  that  time  I  served  you  your  meals  free  of 
charge ,sinoe  then  good  fortune  has  been  your  lot  the  reverse  mine. 

In  consideration  of  past  courtisioB  thought  you  could 
possibly  place  mo  in  a  position  whereby  I  might  benifit. 

This  appeal  is  made  through  no  selfiBh  motive,  bu.t.,  thought 
if  you  would  like  to  help  me  out  a  little  same  would  be  thouroughly<wpr*nre , 

I  have  the  Dining  Oar  Service  of  the  OH&D  but  have  beon  unable  to  ifcke  any 
thing  for  the  past  year*.  Hoping  that  you  can  advise  me  of  some  profitable 
investment  and  that  I  may  hear  from  you  soon,  ^ 

I  am  yours  truly.  Ar 

Jriars  GUub 

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Fort  Lee.  N.J. 

Jan.  25/12. 

Mr.  Thomas.  A:  Edison. 

Orange. N.J. 

Dear  Sir. 

Some  years  since  , in, 1878. 

I  had  the  novel  experiment  of  singing  for  you  in  a  Phonograph  in 
Broad  St. New  York  City. and  recording  on  the  tin_foil  eyninder,  t 
the  song  of  Nancy  Lee  which  was  then  popular. 

I  afterwards'  gave  concerts  on  tour  giving  exhibitions  with  Harry 
Vail  of  Chickering  Hall.,  as  far  west  as  my  home_town  of  Lancaster. 0 
After  a  career  which  embraced  Italy,  Paris  and  London,  Imade  my 
New  York  appearanceand  began  a  long  and  successful  career. 

During  thiiee  days+I  sang  for  Walter  Miller  Quite  frequently  at 
the  Studio  in  14  St.  ^ 

After  the  advent  of  your  Moving  PicturesSposed  in  many  of  the  most 
successful  films  ever  produced  at  your  studio  in  JWenty-first  St. 

I  was  selected  to  supervise, construct, and  produce  the  historical 
scenario  of  the  life  of  Pochahontas,  which  was  the  most  elaborate 
film  ever  issued  from  your  Studio  .  I  lectured  on  the  same  during 
TheExposition  at  Jamestown.  ,  , 

I  have  also  done  some  work  for  Mr. Warden.,  in  forty* third  St, 

He  knows  my  connections  in  Ohio  and  my  record  and  ability  on  the 
stage  as  well  as  in  Motionk-pietures. 

Stake  the  liberty  of  stating  these  facts  to  show  my  long  connection 
with  your  interests  in  the  amusement  world  .jp ;  and  hearing  that  you 
were  personally  conducting  experiments  at  Orange, I  thought  I  would 
express  my  desire  to  connect  myself  with  your  Talking  Picture  or_ 
ganization  ,  pr,  with  the  Moving  Picture  end  in  The  Brppafipi^ 

s+acc  Director  or  as  a  member  of  the  Stock  Company. 

Singular  to  lay  ,  I  was  the  first  to  suggest  organizing  Stock  for 
moving  picture  manufacturers. 

I  hope  this  will  reach  you  and  receive  a  BUCKEYE, Sconsideratbon. 
Thanking  you  in  advance 

I  beg  to  remain. 

Yours  Cordially, 



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Moving  Picture  Theatres  and  I  sincerely  trust  that  y. 
will  meet  with  your  characteristic  success. 

Thanking  you  for  the  courtesy  1  received  at 
your  office,  I  remain 

Sincerely  yours , 

#112  so.  loth,  st., 

Newark,  N.  J- 




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May  8th,  1912. 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  ,\Atcr^ 
West  Orange!  IT.  J. 

Mr.  Herman  Wolke,  who  in  1901  resided  at  San  Francisco , 
and  in  1905  resided  in  Newark,  IT.  J. ,  took  out  two  patents  on  a 
Steam  Turbine,  Nos.  748,678  and  768,210,  which  are  of  interest 
to  one  of  our  clients.  .  It  appears  that  a  Hr.  Herman  Wolke,  pre¬ 
sumably  the  same-man,  was  a  resident  of  Orange,  N.J.  in  1908,  and 
in  1907  and  1908  made  some  inventions  relative  to  phonographs, 
described  in  the  f o llowing-Un i t ed  States  Letters  Patent: 

936,222  936,274 

936,264  999,937 

936.268  1,007,407, 


which  he  assigned  to  New  Jersey  Patent  Company  and  to  Thomas  A. 
Edison,  Inc.  V/e  beg  to  inquire  if  you  could  put  us  in  touch 
with  Hr,  Wolke.  Among  other  things  that  we  would  like  partic¬ 
ularly  to  learn  is  whether  or  not  he  built  a  machine,  and,  if  bo, 
we  would  like  to  learn  something  about  its  efficiency.  If  Hr. 
Wolke  is  at  present  with  your  Company,  we  would  be  greatly  obliged 
if  you  would  be  good  enough  to  turn  this  letter  over  to  him  and 
ask  him  to  reply  at  his  early  convenience,  as  «e  are  interested 
to  obtain  this  information  as  soon  as  possible.  We  shall  also 
deem  it  a  favor  if  you  will  advise .us. of _Kr.  Wolke 'a  address,  or, 
if  you  do  not  know  it,  of  any  way  in  which  we  may  be  able  to 

June  26th,  1912. 

Dr.-  T.  W.  Harvey, 

463  Main  Street, 
orange.jj.  J. . 

Dear  doc  tor 

Tour  letter  of  June  21st  'to  Hr.  Edison  has. been 
referred  to  me  for  reply.  ,1  have  noted  its 
contents  very  carefully  and  would  sty  that  my 
repott  to  Mr;  Edison  was  not  exaggerated  or  bBBea 
on  a  misunderstanding',  os  I  had  gathered  the  fatta 
direct  from  the  lips  of  Hr.  Bayer  and  others  in 
the  same  ward. 

m  regard ;  to  the  unbandaging  of  the  leg  to.’,  which  you 
refer,  *1.  am  told  the  leg  was;d  the 
temporary  splints  ram  oved  at  11  o* clock,  and  that 
both  you  end  -the  house  surgeon  then  left  the  bed  and 
went  to  another  ward  to  find  other  splints.  These 
splints  noticing  found  the  leg  wae  left, as  it  was 
until  3  o'  the  afternoon,  daring  wliich  time 
Mr.  Bayer  was  lying  in  terrible  agony. 

Personally  I  feel  that  it  is  hardly  fair  for  you  to 
ask  Hr.  Edison  to  believe  it  necessary  to  leave  un¬ 
protected  and  unsupported  for  four  hours  a  leg  in¬ 
jured  as  was!  Mr.  Buyer's  hecause  the  proper  splintB  were 
not  at  hand  at,  the  moment.  I  had,  however,  no  in¬ 
tention  of  criticizing  the  treatment  which  Mr.  Bayer 
received  from  you  personally,  as  we  all  felt  very 
fortunate  in  obtaining  your  services  os  a  physician,  and 
I  understood  you  gave  instructions  to  have  the  new  splintB 
put  on,  but  these  instructions  were  neglected  for  four 

you  will  remember  that  Mr.  Bayer  complained  to  you 
of  this  treatment  the  next  morning  and  you  asked  him 
why  he  did  not  send  for  you,  and  if  you  will  recall  the 
conversation  1  think  you  will  agree  with  me  that  2 
had  grounds  for  my  complaint;  which,  too,  was  not  made 
in  entire  Ignorance  of  hospital  treatment,  as  the  writer 
was  at  one  time  in  the  employ  of  Samuel  Thomas,  President 
../of  St.  Luke's  Hospital,  Bethlehem,  Pa.,  under  Dr.  sstiB, 
having  charge  of  all  electrical  apparatus  such  as  1b  used 

Dr.  T.  Harvey, 
Page  #2, 

Jtme  26th,  1912. 

In  X-ray  and  static  work,  and  was  present  at  many 
operations,  and  it  would  seen  that  Mr.  Bayer's 
injuries  could  have  been  taken  care  of  in  a  more 
suitable  and  satisfactory  wpy  by  the  local  house 
physician  of  the  Memorial  Hospital,  and  that  after 
orders  had  heen  given  by  Dr.  Harvey  they  should  have 
been  carried  out  more  promptly. 

Tours  respectfully. 

P.S.  -  1  am  sending  a  copy  of  this  letter  to 
Kir.  Edison.  . 

F.  Harley  davis 



H  752  Metcalf  PI. 

Memphis.  Tenn. 

July  5  th.  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Edisop<Esq 

Cear  Hr.  Edison:^  ^  probably  PecolLect  me  as  the  man  who  invented  the 
rwi,  Calvx  Drill  that  you  did  your  testing  with  at  Stewartsvilte  .  I  am 

“I  1  ~  «»  t.r  J0«  ,  «■  «  >”»*'»'  • 

Davis,  who  is  now  back  on^his  ^p™y  when  roy  two  friends  Adison 

on,  ,  .  R  Rand  Of  the  Rand  Drill  Co.  died  and  have  been  here  in 
th/south  “ver^since  .  I  have  several  patents  pending  and  am  desirous  of 
oiminriLu  Can  you  find  me  something  to  do  ?  I  should  be  glad  to  accept 
anythin*  in  the  way  of  a  position  that  I  am  capable  of  handling  .  I  am 
a  full  Member  of  the  A.3.M.E.  and  an  expert  mecanician  specially  adapted 
to  scheming-up  new  mechanical  devices  .  I  am  a  total  absta  Inar  an 

anticipation  ,  I  beg  to  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 




Merten  T  V 

9  Sieg  Oberfdrsteroi,  Germany  1  £— 

14  July.  / 

Mrs.  Oberfdretar  Odo  Klaube,  ndo  Wangemann,  write s  in  great  anxiety  about  her  son, 
Engineer  Juliua  Klaube,  whom  Ur,  Edison  was  so  kind  as  to  take  into  his  entploy  sometime 
ago.  She  does  this  in  remembrance  also  of  the  kindness  shown  to  (her)  brother  ,, 

Theo  Wangamam. 

She  says  that  in  view  of  the  employment  he  had  obtained,  his  fiancle 
had  . decided  to  leave  Germany  the  beginning  of  last  May  and  that  on  the  22nd  of  May, 
she  and  Julius  Klaube  were  married  at  the  Leo  House  in  New  York,  She  states 
that  the  young  lady  is  competent  as  a  stenographer  and  thought  she  might  also  earn 
something  in  America,  (Parenthetically  she  states  that  their  money  is  tied  up 
and  the  interest  is  needed  by  her  husband,  who  is  about  60  years  and  that  it  can  only 
go  to  their  children  after  their  death.) 

She  then  begs  to  be  allowed,  as  a  mother,  to  speak  to  Ur.  Edison  in 
behalf  of  her  son,  A  ftor  his  marriage  she  had  some  happy  letters  but  just. a  few 
days  ago  she  received  a  cable,  reading:  "Very  sick.  Out  of  a  job.  Please  send 

She  went  to  their  savings  box  and  telegraphed  250  marks,  but  did  not  know  whether 
dollars  were  meant  or  not,  addressing  telegram  to  Mrs,  Engineer  Klaube,  10  Valley  Road, 
West  Orange,  N.J,  She  states  the*  sheds  terribly  anxious,  fearing  that  her  son,  for 
some  reason  has  lost  his  place  with  Mr.  Edison,  and  begs  Mr,  Edison,  out  of  goodness 
of  heart  that  her  son  Julius  may  bo  reinstated.  He  and  hiB  wife  are  such  strangers 
and  almost  without  means  in  a  strange  land  and  it  is  so  hard  to  get  work.  She  judges 
perhaps  that  the  great  happiness  of  his  early  married  life  may  have  rendered  him 
somewhat  careless  in  hia  work  but  she  is  sure  that  this  would  be  mended,  as  he  v/ould 
see  now  the  earnest  character  of  life.  The  word  "Very  Sick"  caused  her  great  fear 
and  she  entreats  Mr,  Edison  to  make  inquiry  and  give  him  work. 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  B.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Confirming  telephone  conversation  to 
Mr.  Harry  Miller  this  morning,  would  state  that  t 
Company  is  ordered  to  participate  in  Army  Maneuvers' V  .  ,  ^  ^  ^ 

from  Aug.  10th  to  20th  and  it  is  very  important  t^1/^/  $ 

every  man  take  part  in  the  work.  ^  ^ 

There  are  four  men  employed  in  various  part^  A/  J- 
of  your  works  who  are  members  of  the  command  and 
although  they  would  all  like  to  go  out  with  us,  X 
believe  there  is  some  question  as  to  whether  they 
'  would  retain  their  positions  and  be  taken  on  when  ^ 
they  return. 

The  names  of  these  men  and  the  department  in^K 
which  they  work  are  as  follows 


/Priv.  Richard  Smith,  Storage  Battery  under 
foremanship  of  Mr.  Geo.  Poppa. 

'-'Priv .  prank  Merwin,  Storage  Battery. 

V Priv.  Robert  Titus,  Storage  Battery. 

Corpl.  Charles  Sahs,  Bates  Job,  under  th( 
foremahship  of  Hr.  Henry  Hirfchoff. 

I  feel  that  you  are  in  sympathy  with  the  work 
of  the  Militia  and  would  greatly  appreciate  if  if  the 
above  men  couia  be  granted  a  leave  of  absence  for  the 
period  mentioned  if  they  can  be  consistently  spared 
in  their  departments.  ; 

Quarters  Company  H.  Fifth  Regiment  Infantry 

Thanking  you  in  anticipation  and  with  kindest 
personal  regards,  hag  to  remain, 

Veiy  respectfully. 

Captain  Codraanding  Company  H. 


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at  Mr.  Edison's  sugBestio  ,  Charles  Sahs 


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and  put  on  "The  Bells",  and  who  did  the 
Hinetophone  Lecture ;  also  on  several 
occasions  you  have  been  good  enough  to 
approve  of  my  worh-  yet  I  have  Been  let 

1  feel  that  I  could  he  of  use  to  the  Thomas 
A.  EdiBon  Company,  in  case  you  cared  to 
retain  my  services.  1  have  just  brought  ny 
family  from  Boston  to  Orange  and  rented 
a  house.  A  reply  would  he  greatly  appreo- 

I  heg  to  remain, 

Yours  Respectfully 





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Wa  are  seriously  contemplating  assembling 


eleotrio  vebicles  for  usain1  our  various  bakerie^,_and 
we  have  been  in  touoh  wrEh yr.  A.  J.  Doty  relative  too¬ 
ths  designing  and  manufacture  of  these  vehicles, ^*Mr. 
Doty  has  given  us  your  name  as  a  reference;  we  undu*- 
stand  that  you  have  known  him  for  a  number  of  yeaj^  and 
an  expression  from  you  regarding  his  qualifications 

would  be  highly  appreciated. 

We  would  pleased 

to  have  you  give  us  a  brief  outline  of  Mr.  Doty’s  his¬ 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  this  favor, 
and  assuring  you  that  any  information  you  may  give  us 
concerning  Mr.  Doty  will  be  held  in  strict  confidence. 


£  / 

Aug  22nd. 

Mr  Thomas  A.  Edison 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  Dear  Sirj 

your  esteemed  favors  of  Aug  21th,  and  22nd,  respeot- 
_ive3y  f  received.  I  wish  to  thank  you  for  your  courtesy  and  kindness 
in  looking  into  this  matter. 

Replying  to  yours  of  Aug  21th,  will  state  that  last  week  I  was 
shown  Mr  Dyer's  written  orders  to  let  me  go.  At  the  same  time  Mr  Allan 
Ramsey,  now  in  charge  of  the  Kinetophone  Sent  .verbally  instructed  me  to 
see  Mr"' Walter  Miller.  1  did  so  at  once  and  was  informed  that  he  had 
nothing  for  mej  I  thereupon  wrote  to  you. 

Several  days  later  Mr  Goodwin,  acting  under  Mr  Dyer's  instruct 
-ions  promised  me  that  as  soon  as  the  iifth-Ave  Studio  re-opened  in 
September,  I  would  be  employed  making  Educational  Records  and  some 
preliminary  work  on  the  same  would  begin  next  week. 

As  I  can  only  attribute  this  to  your  kind  interest  in  my 
behalf  X  take  this  occasion  to  thank  you  for  the  same. 

I  beg  to  remain  yours  appreciatively, 


#  19  Hillyer  St. 

Orange,  IT.  J. 


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November  9,  1912. 

Ur.  Edison:- 

I  have  oust  had  a  talk  with  Nicolai  regarding 
night  work,  we  both  agree  that  if  we  ran  the  ehop  three 
nights  a  week  until  9  P.  H.  much  more  satisfactory  results 
will  be  achieved,  cutting  out  all  night  work  entirely. 

The  conditions  of  the  Country  arc  so  prosperous 
at  the  present  time,  that  it  is  practically  impossible  to 
get  men  to  work  that  are  really  capable,  furthermore ,  the 
ginger  seems  to  be  entirely  out  of  their  system  when  work- 
ing  all  night.  The  night  man  is  a  good  man,  and  is  doing 
all  he  can  to  facilitate  matters,  but  the  grade  of  help 
we'  are  able  to  hire  for  this  work  handicaps  him  very  much. 

I  would  very  seriously  recommend  discontinuing 
this  all-night  work  in  Nicolai's  Department,  J&tting  only 
three  nights  a  week,  as  aforesaid. 

November  9th ,  1912, 

Ur.  Edison:-- 

In  reference  to  memo  of  this  date  regarding  dis¬ 
continuation  of  night  work  in  Nicolai*  s  Department:  done,. -there  will  be  available  for 
any  service  you  may  desire  indisc  manufacture,  Ur.  W. 
Kroll,  night  foreraarf.  He  draws  a -salary  of  §30.00  per 
week  for  Bixty-five  hours  a  week,  hut  as  a  matter  of  fact, 
puts  in  seventy  hours  a  v;eelc.  He  is  an.  efficient  man  and  ' 
will,  I  think,  he  satisfactory  for  you  on  the  job  you  spoke 
to  me  about  a  few  days  ago. 

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20  East  69th  8treet,.  ... 
Hew  York,  11/21/12. 

Mr.. Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sirs- 

Your  favor. of  the  20th  inst,  asking  me 
to  send  some  ref erenoes,  has  just  been  reoeived. 

I  am  sending  you. three  reference  letters, 
one  from  the  American  Hard  Rubber  Co., one  from  Mr. 
A.H.  Sohlesinger,  fiormer  superintendent  and  manager 
of  the  College  Point  Works  of  the  Am.  Hard  Rubber 
Co.,  and. one  from  Mr.  Walter  E.  Kidde.  From,  them 
you  will  be  able. to- get.  a  general  idea  of  my  ability. 

If  you.  so  desire  you  may.  write,  to.  these 
parties,  also. the  Edwin  Harrington,  Son  S. Co.  Inc., 
of  Philadelphia,  Mr.  Chas.  B.'Stilwell,  M.  E.  Room. 
802-803  Witherspoon  Building,  Phila.  Pa.,  Dr.  A.  E. 
Elliott,  27  Whitestone  Ave,  Flushing,  N.  Y.  and  Mr. 
John  M.  Moe,  56  Pine  St. , ' H.  Y. 

.These  letters. that: I  am  sending  you  are 
originals  and: I  would  ask. you. to  kindly  see. that 
they  are  returned  to  me  personally  when  you  are  done 
with. them. 

Yours  very. truly 



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Mr.  Charles  B.  Stilwell, 

Room  #802, 

Witherspoon  Building, 

Philadelphia ,  pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  thinking  of  giving  Mr.  William  S. 
Cobh  an  opportunity  as  Superintendent  in  one  of  my  Depart¬ 
ments.  The  work  is  of  a  meohanioal  nature  and  at  present 
there  are  about  one  hundred  and  fifty  employees  in  the 
Department  •, 

Mr.  Cobb  gives  me  your  name  as  a  refer¬ 
ence,  and  I  shall  be  much  obliged  if  you  will  kindly  give  me 
your  opinion  as  to  his  suitability  for  such  a  position. 

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Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange , 

Dear  Sir 


New  York,  Nov.  25,  1912. 

Yours  of  the  23rd  to  hand  in  reference  to  Hr.  William  S.  Cobb. 

I  have  known  Mr.  Cobb  for  many  years  and  he  is,  I  believe,  a  thoroughly 
capable  and  efficient  manager.  He  is  a  hard  worker  with  his  head  as  well 
as  his  hands  and  I  believe,  thoroughly  reliable  in  every  way  and  I  have  no 
hesitancy  at  all  in  saying  that  anything  that  he  took  hold  of  he  would 
make  good  at,  because  he  would  not  tackle  a  proposition  unless  he  was  con¬ 
vinced  he  could  handle  it . 

Yours  very  truly, 


American  Hard  Rubber  Co. 

ii  Merger  Street 

NewYorK,  November  25,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 


Mr.  William  S.  Cobh  was  in  our  employ  for  over  ten 
years,  and  left  ub  only  because  he  was  able  to  get  a  plane  with 
higher  pay  and  shorter  hours.  >v 

He  is  a  good  machinist  and  will  doubtless  be  of  good 
service  to  you. 

Yours  truly, 



November  25 ,  1912 

Mr,  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Mew  Jersey, 


Dear  Sir: 

In  answer  to  your  letter  of  the  23rd  inst.  concerning  V/illiam 
S.  Cobb ,  I  may  say  that  I  became  acquainted  with  him  in  the  reorganiza¬ 
tion  and  enlargement  of  the  American  Hard  Rubber  Company  plant  at 
College  Point,  He  appeared  to  me  to  be  a  man  of  good  training  in  his 
line  and  exhibited  fidelty  to  his  work.  His  employers  seemed  to  think 
well  of  him  likewise  and  such  work  as  came  under  our  observation  first 
hand  was  entirely  satisfactory  and  entitles  him  to  good  consideration. 



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Philadelphia,  Pa.,  U.  5. 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  M . J . 

Dear  Sir: 

We  have  your  favor  of  the  23d,  and  In  reply , 
Mr.  wm.  s.  Cobb  served  his  regular  apprenticeship  with  this 

While  a  3 ourneyman w ith  us,  we  built  quite  a 
number  of  autimatio  machines  for  making  paper  bags,  and  he  had 
charge  of  considerable  of  this  work.  When  the  machines  were 
completed,  he  left  us  to  enter  the  employ  of  the  Union  Bag 
&  Paper  Oo,,  to  take  charge  of  the  operation  of  these  machines. 

since  then,  we  understand  he  has  occupied 
positions  of  importance,  having  charge  of  departments. 

His  mechanical  training  while  with  us  and  since 
he  left  us,  has  been  very  good,  and  we  have  no  hesitancy  in 
recommending  him  for  the  position  offered. 


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Thomas  A.  3dison 

Orange ,  E.j. 

Dear  Sir,- 

V/e  are  just  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  3rd, 
and  wish  to  thank  you  for  giving  us  I,Ir.  Greene's  address. 

V/e  shall  communicate  with  him  at  once. 

Yours  very  truly, 




33atmler  4Hanufacturtng  (Eompanp 

<mber  6th,  1912. 



Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  E.  J. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Will  it  he  possible  for  you  to  see  me  for  a  few 
du.lns  Sue  oominB  ...Is  on  .  ~U.r  of  .or,  vit.l 
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oome  out  any  time  convenient  to  you. 

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to  Mr.  Meadoworoft  ba3  simply  to  do  with  whether  there  is  any  ohanoe  of 
employment  for  me  in  your  works  at  Orange. 

If  you  oan  possibly  spare  me  about  fifteen  minutes 
of  your  time  some  day  this  week,  I  will  appreciate  it  very  much  indeed. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Equipment  and  Supplies  (E-12-38) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining 
to  the  purchase  of  equipment  and  supplies  for  the  West  Orange  laboratory. 
Among  the  items  for  1912  are  letters  to  and  from  the  Eastern  Fibre 
Decorating  Co.  regarding  the  use  of  their  fiber  as  a  covering  for  disk 
phonograph  turntables.  Also  included  is  correspondence  concerning  the 
procurement  of  a  compressor  and  chemical  supplies.  Some  of  the  documents 
relate  to  Edison's  refusal  to  deal  with  the  Crane  Co. ,  manufacturers  of  valves, 
fittings,  and  steam  specialities. 

Less  than  5  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  All  of  the 
items  written  by  Edison  or  bearing  his  marginalia  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence  from 
vendors  and  suppliers  and  routine  documents  concerning  the  settlement  of 


Hr.  W.  H.  Medowcroff, 

Edison  Labor at lea, 

Oraneo,  N.  J'. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  would  bo  pleased  to  take  up  with  Ur.  Edison  the  matter  of  covering 
such  materials  ao  might  be  desired  with  our  new  fibre  process,  and  an  appointment 
with  him  at  his  convenience  will  be  agreeable  to  me.  Would  suggest  that  meanwhile 
you  have  sent  us  one  of  the  disko,  boxes  or  otherwise  to  cover  with  our  flock 




Kail  Jtaratum 


1  decc 

This  pro^» - - - 

First.  A  chemically  prepared  adhesive 
sizing,  which  is  applied  to  the  wall  or  surface 
»  hrmh  the  same  as  paint.  This  ad¬ 

hesive  is  waterproor.  . 

Second.  A  powder  or  short  Bbre  made 

from  silk.  wool.  wood,  or  other  suitable  rna- 

"iSKw  b«nte"  hly  lieatad 

wTthe adhesive  sizing.  This f«breadheres 
uffiy,  'a'd'The'nTe"  izing  dries.  wWeh 


and  artistic,  and  presents  a  richness  in  color 
and  tone  effect  quite  impossible  to  obtain 
from  wall  papers  or  fabrics. 

There  are  no  joints,  seams,  laps,  folds  or 

It  is  also  furnished  in  numerous  combina¬ 
tions  of  silk,  wool  and  wood  fibre,  with  many 
of  which  may  be  mixed  mica  or  gold  bronze 
powder,  thus  affording  ■  a  great  variety  of 
uniaue  effects  of  decided  beauty. 


Jan.  10th,  1912 

Mr.  Chas.  F .  Brown ,  l>res.. 

Eastern  Fibre' Decorating  Co., 

105  West  40th  3t., 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir;- 

v0ur  favor  of  the  6th  instant  was  duly  received,  ana 
I  have  this  morning  spoken  to  Mr.  Edison  about  your  new  fibre 
prooesB.  He  says  that  he  would  be  very  glad  if  you  would  Bena 
hin  a  sample,  whioh  might  consist  of  a  piece  of  metal  covered 
with  your  flock.  He  would  be  able  to  form  some  opinion  from 
this  as  to  whether  sww^oould  make  practical  use  of  your  produc¬ 
tions.  If  you  will  kindly  send  thiB  sample  to  me,  I  will 
see  that  it  is  brought  to -his  attention. 

Thanking  you  for  your  attention  in  the  matter,  I 

remain,  \ 

Your 8  very  truly, 


Ll  communications  to  the  company. 

4  January  10,  1912. 



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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Menlo  Park.  H.  J.  ^JL  C  .. 

Bear  Sir,  4 

You  are  quoted  in  the  "dSlf^presa'asHavine  ex3e*SBed  the  opijslm 

\  v4-^C^-<WsA  {^VvT  UTM  W-4<VAM<Kt^ 

that  one  of  the  greatest  achievements  of  .  the -past  year  is  th^  development^-. 

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and  near  perfeotion  of  the  Biejel 

We  agree  with  you,  4pd  as  it  h&T  occurred  to  u8  that  it  may  he 
of  interest  to  you  to  know  what*pH&e#dW  afcn£* tSs  lS^lne  A«£i- 
can  concern,  formerly  manufactu^T^l^g^nratih^lof  steam  engines  and^ 
a ^^^t'^ner  our  Bulletin  Bo.  201,  re- 

i  a  aomDlete/jeport  of 

JLJkfcT®.  - 

hollers,  we  are  sending  under 
lating  to  Atlas  Oil  Engines  ol 
the  series  of  tests  conducted  by  Ci.  E.  Sargent, 
connected  unit.  y  •  • 

Our  engines  have  cylinders  |l"  diameter  hy  30"  stroke  and 
rate  them  150  BHP  per  cylinder.  y 

We  are  prepared  to  furnish  single  engines- of  j^wo  and  three  cyl¬ 
inders,  respectively  300  and  450  BHP  capacity. 

We  are  prepared  to  furnish  double  engines  of  the  Cross-Coupled 

a  300  BHP  direct- 

te  and  we 

Edison  -  Page  Two. 

January  10,  1912. 

typo,  of  four  and  six  cylinders,  respectively  600  and  900  BHP  capacity. 

Those  engines  are  arranged  with  fly  wheels  and  generators  between  the 
outboard  bearings  as  per  the  upper  picture  on  page  34  of  the  bulletin, 
using  either  rigid  or  flexible  couplings  according  to  individual  condi¬ 

The  standard  speed  of  our  engines  is  170  B.P.M. ,  but  we  can 
vary  it  within  reasonable  limits  to  meet  the  requirements  of  the  electrical 
manufacturers,  who  usually  call  for  either  167  or  171  H.P.M. ,  or  Borne  inter¬ 
mediate  Speed. 

With  respect  to  details  of  design  and  construction,  our  engine 
is  similar  to  the  famous  and  successful  Diesel  engines  built  in  Europe, 
and  it  bears  very  little  resemblance  to  the  Diesel  engine  heretofore  built 
in  this  country. 

The  designer  of  the  Atlas  Oil  Engine  was  associated  with  the 
American  Diesel  Engine  Company  during  its  entire  period  of  development, 
and  as  the  result  of  knowledge  gained  from  the  experience  of  the  original 
licensees  in  this  country  and  abroad,  we  have  supplied  many  important  ele¬ 
ments  in  which  earlier  engines,  gotten  up  without  the  guidance  of  previous 
data  and  experience,  were  somewhat  deficient. 

Familiar  as  you  probably  are  with  the  older  forms  of  construction, 
the  value  of  the  following  specific  improvements  will  doubtless  appeal  to  you: 

We  have  looated  the  valve  gear  entirely  outside  in  plain  view  and 
within  easy  reach  of  the  operator,  thus  eliminating  all  necessity  for 

Edison  -  Page  Four.  January  10,  1912. 

of  the  latter  striking  the  cylinder  head  on  the  exhaust  or  free  stroke, 
as  the  result  of  loose  pin  hearings. 

Instead  of  the  continuous  crank  case  extending  under  all  of  the 
cylinders,  as  provided  hy  other  American  builders  of  internal  combustion 
engines,  which  the  engineer  must  climb  into  and  wallow  in  filth  every  so 
often,  we  have  a  separate  "A"  frame  under  each  cylinder,  following  European 
practice  in  this  respect.  As  an  added  factor  of  safety,  notwithstanding 
their  very  massive  proportions,  we  have  relieved  these  frames  entirely  of  the 
tensile  stresses  from  the  cylinders,  by  transmitting  these  stresses  in  straight 
lines  from  the  bottom  of  each  cylinder  through  four  heavy  steel  rods  directly 
to  heavily  reinforced  anchoring  places  in  the  base  below  the  oenter  of  the 
main  shaft.  When  the  engine  is  running  the  several  "A"  frames  are  really 
in  compression,  the  ideal  condition  for  cast  iron. 

The  housings  which  hold  the  parts  of  the  main  bearings  are  massive, 
and  are  cast  integral  with  the  base  of  the  engine,  but  entirely  outside  of 
the  crank  case.  The  removable  saddles  or  reservoir  boxeB,  in  which  the 
lower  sleeve  or  babbitted  box  of  each,  bearing  rests,  are  filled  with  the 
splash  from  the  orank  case.  The  saddles  or  reserv.oir  boxes  are  raised 
or  lowered  at  will,  since  they  in  turn  rest  on  wedges,  each  of  which  is 
controlled  by  four  heavy  bolts  protruding  through  the  engine  base  and  ad¬ 
justable  from  the  outside.  This  is  an  important  and  time  saving  conven¬ 
ience,  because  any  lack  of  alignment  will  likely  be  discovered  through  the 
overheating  of  one  or  more  of  the  bearings,  and  it  can  be  adjusted  while 
the  engine  is  running,  instead  of  delaying  action  until  a  desirable  moment 

-  Page  Five. 

January  10,  1912. 

for  shut-down.  After  removing  the  babbitted  cap  which  forms  the  upper  half 
of  each  main  bearing,  and  slacking  up  on  the  wedge  by  manipulation  of  the 
wedge  adjusting  boltB,  the  lower  sleeve  or  babbitted  box  of  each  bearing 
can  be  rolled  out  around  the  shaft  for  inspection  and  such  attention  as 
it  may  require,  and  then  rolled  back  into  place,  without  jacking  up  the 
shaft  or  getting  into  the  crank  case.  Thus,  we  have  reduced  to  a  minimum, 
so  far  as  can  be  accomplished  by  intelligent  design  and  construction,  the 
likelihood  of  damage  to  the  crank  shaft. 

The  wearing  surface  of  the  cylinder  is  cast  separately  from  the 
water  jacket.  This  provides  for  linear  expansion.  It  also  enables  us  to 
use  a  selected  grade  or  hard,  close-grained,  slow-wearing  iron  especially 
suitable  for  the  purpose,  and  insures  the  same  wall  thickness  throughout 
the  entire  circumference  so  that  lateral  expansion,  if  any,  will  be  uniform 
and  not  draw  the  bore  of  the  cylinder  into  an  elliptical  form,  thus  allowing 
the  gases  to  esoape  around  the  piBton,  as  is  the  caBe  when,  as  a  result  of 
a  core  shifting  in  the  mold,  the  walls  are  thicker  on  one  side  than  on  the 
other.  We  finish  each  lining  both  inside  and  out  and  as  it  is  a  very  simple 
and  inexpensive  casting  the  possibility  of  a  faulty  casting  iB  very  remote, 
and  should  we  experience  such  a  misfortune  the  rejection  of  the  casting  would 
hot  involve  a  loss  of  any  serious  consequence.  Should  a  liner  become  scored 
or  damaged  in  operation,  it  can  be  removed  and  replaced  by  a  new  one  within 
five  hours*  time,  with  the  additional  advantage  of  using  the  old  piston  and 
rings.  The  cost  of  a  new  liner  and  of  putting  it  in  place  is  less  than  the 
cost  of  reboring  the  cylinder  in  the  older  design.  The  saving  of  the  original 

Edison  -  Page  Six.  January  10,  1912. 

piaton  and  packing  ia  a  clear  gain. 

Wa  have  had  in  mind  that  the  cylinder  heads  on  internal  combustion 
engines  frequently  are  subjected  to  more  severe  service  than  any  other  part 
■or  parts.  It  is  important  that  they  should  be  of  such  form  and  weight  as 
•to  neutralize  the  effects  of  expansion  and  contraction.  We  believe  we  have 
provided  for  this  as  far  as  it  is  possible  to  do  so.  Our  cylinder  heads 
have  no  sharp  comers  or  angles,  nor  any  ribs  to  hold  casting  strains.  Their 
peculiar' shape,  together -with  perfect  water  circulation  and  the  fact  that  the 
fuel  never  touches  the  heads,  should  contribute  to  long  life. 

The  governor  is  driven  directly  from  the  crank  shaft  through  a 
single  pair  of  gears  and  is  not  subject  to  the  jars  and  stresses  of  the  valve 
gear.  .  It  is  of  the  well-known  high  speed  Porter  type,  used  for  many  years  on 
high-class  Corliss  engines,  very  sensitive  and  powerful.  It  has  no  springB 
for  adjustment,  and  always  maintains  a  standard  position  for  each  difference 
in  speed.  The  pump  mechanism,  as  described  in  our  bulletin,  iB  exceedingly 
sensitive.  The  measuring  stage  operates  against  pressures  not  in  excesB  of 
the  atmosphere,  and  the  result  is  a  closeness  of  regulation  never  before  ob¬ 
tained  in  an  internal  combustion  engine.  It  alr,o  operates  without  a  stuffing 
box,  which  eliminates  the  possibility  of  its  sensitive  properties  being  nulli¬ 
fied  by  running  with  the  stuffing  box  either  too  tight  or  too  loose.  There 
are  no  springs  in  connection  with  the  pump,  and  there -is  no  reason  why  its 
efficiency  and  accuracy  should  bo  affected  by  long  service. 

The  proportions  of  the  engine  are  very  massive  and  the  wearing  sur- 
orank  shaft  is  11-1/2"  in  diameter. 

liberal'.  The 

the  main  bearii 

i.  i  *  * 

Edison  -  Pago  Seven.  . January  10,  1912. 

11-1/2"  x  24",  the  crank  pins  H-l/2"  x  12",  the  piston  pins  8."  x  11", 
and  the  connecting  rode  of  round  section,  8"  in  diameter  near  the  crank 
end,  6-1/2"  near  the  piston  end,  and  6'  2-1/4"  long  between  pin  centers. 

The  base  of  a  two-cylinder  engine  weighs  25,000#,  each  "A"  frame 
11,850#,  each  cylinder  liner  2260#,  each  piston  2400#,  each  connecting  rod 
2150#,  the  counterweights  on  each.ipair  of  crank  throws  2750#,  the  crank  shaft 
9000#,  and  the  fly  wheel  40,000#  in  halves.  The  three-cylinder  base  weighs 
36,000#  and  the  shaft  12,000#.  The  other  parts  are  the  same  as  in  the  two- 
oylinder  engine. 

Some  of  the  best  mechanics  and  students  of  thermodynamics  in  the 
world  have  been  working  on  the  development  of  the  Diesel  Oil  Engine  for  nearly 
twenty  years,  with  the  result  that  complicated  mechanisms  have  given  way  to 
simple  designs  and  harmonious  combinations  of  parts  that  are  as  reliable  in 
performance  as  the  best  steam  engine  ever  built.  As  a  matter  of  fact,  there 

is  less  about  an  Atlas  Oil  Engine  to  get  out  of  order  than  there  is  in  a  first- 
class  steam  plant,  and  upkeep  cost  is  no  greater. 

We  have  carefully  avoided  untried  innovations,  and  have  made  no 
effort  to  improve  the  Diesel  cycle,  because  it  is  now  universally  recognized 
as  the  most  efficient  principle  of  combustion  known  to  the  art  of  engineering. 

We  have  simply  built  it  into  a  thoroughly  practical,  dependable  engine,  and 
surrounded  it  with  the  most  approved  forms  of  modem  mechanical  construction. 

The  massive  proportions,  the  strength,  simplicity  and  accessibility  of  every 
bit  of  meohanism,  and  the  means  that  we  have  provided  for  convenient  and  accurate 
inspection,  adjustment  and  repair,  are  elements  that  are  conducive  to  constant 
service  and  long  life,  and  render  it  more  nearly  fool-proof  than  any  previous 

January  10,  1912. 

I  * 

Edison  -  Page  Bight. 

design  of  internal  combustion  engine.  Of  courae,  we  cannot  entirely 
forestall  neglect  or  abuse,  but  we  have  reduoed  these  to  remote  possi¬ 
bilities  by  removing  the  temptation  to  leave  undone  that  which  should 
be  done  from  time  to  time. 

A  300  BHP  Atlas  Oil  Engine  has  been  in  direct-connected  electrical 
service  here  at  our  Works,  carrying  the  load  of  one  of  our  most  important 
departments  for  a  total  of  5000  hours,  which  is  equal  to  a  year  and  eight 
months  on  the  basis  of  10  hours  per  day  and  300  days  per  year.  This  engine 
was  started  up  last  January  and  it  has  run  a  great  deal  of  the  time  twenty 
four .hours  per- day.  On  one  occasion,  it  ran  continuously  for  thirty  dayB 
and  nights  without  stopping  for  any  purpose  whatever.  During  the  next 
thirty  days,  it  ran  continuously  from  Sunday  midnight  until  the  following 
Saturday  midnight.  The  load  during  each  period  averaged  about  three-quarters 
of  the  capacity  of  the  engine.  The  details  of  the  results  obtained  are  given 
on  page  13  of  our  Bulletin  No.  201. 

We  have  been  working  on  the  Diesel  engine  for  three  years.  The 
first  two  years  of  this  time  were  devoted  to  the  proper  design,  construction 
and  erection  of  the  first  engine.  A  considerable  portion. of  the  last  year 
was  spent  in  convincing  ourselves  that  we  had  produced  what  our  designer 
promised,  and  we  only  recently  announced  the  engine  to  the  public.  We 
have  made  haste  slowly  because  we  cannot  afford  to  make  any  mistake.  Prom 
the  beginning  we  have  been  determined  that  every  part  of  this  engine  shall 
be  as  nearly  perfect,  both  in  design  and  construction,  as  it  can  be  made  with 
•  current  knowledge  of  engineering.  After  a  year's  service,  during  which 
period  the  engine  and  the  working .drawings  thereof  have  been  submitted  to  a 

Page  Nine. 

•  January  10,  1912. 

great  many  engineers  who  are  thoroughly  familiar  with  both  steam  and. 
internal  combustion  'engines,  we  can  truthfully  say  that  if  there  is  a 
feature  of  our  design  that  is  not  at  least  equal  to  the  most  advanced 
methods  employed  in  this  country  or  in  Europe,  it  has  not  yet  been  pointed 
out  to  us  and  we  are  unaware  of  its  existence. 

Just  one  other  point  along  this  line,  -  we  have  rated  our  engine 
more  conservatively  than  the  old  Company.  If  wo  rated  our  engine  on  the 
same  basis  that,  they  rate  theirs,  we  would  sell  it  for  166-1/2  BHP  per  cyl¬ 
inder  instead  of  ISO.  This  statement  oan  easily  be  verified -by  multiplying 
the  areas  of  the  respective  pistons  by  the  piston  travel  of  each  engine,  sb 


16x24  American  Diesel  Engine  or 

Busch-Sulzer  Bros.  Diesel  Engine, 
Bated  75  BHP  per  oylinder, 

165  B.P.M. ,  660'  of  piston  travel. 

Area  one  piston  201.062 

Piston  travel  _ 660 


21x30  Atlas  Oil  Engine 
(Diesel  Type), 

Bated  150.  BHP  per  oylinder, 
170  B.P.M. ,  850'  of  piston 

Area  one  piston  346.361 

PiBton  travel  _ 850 


Thus,  it  will  be  seen  that  the  capaoity  of  our  so-called  150  BHP 
oylinder  is  2. 22* times  the  capacity  of  the  cylinder  which  the  old  Company  rates 
75  BHP.  In  other  words,  if  we  assume  that  their  oylinder  is  equal  to  75  BHP, 
the  capacity  of  ours  is  75  x  2.22,  or  166-1/2  BHP,  and  our  engine  is  11$  larger 
in  proportion  to  its  rating  than  the  engines  of  the  old  Company. 

As  to  the  matter  of  fuel  consumption,  it  is  approximately  the  same 

in  all  four-cycle,  single  acting  engines  of  the  Diesel  Type.  We  guarantee 
that  the  fuel  oil  consumption  will  not  exceed  8  gallons  per  100  BHP  hours, 
or  12  gallons  per  100  K.W.  hours,  when  the  load  during  the  running  period  aver- 

Edison  -  Page  Ten. .  r  January  10,  1912. 

ago s  between  one-half  and  full  rated  capacity.  As  a  matter  of  fact, 
we  reach  a  net  efficiency  of  3052,  and  the  experience  of  users  is  that 
the  actual  consumption  is  between  6  and  6-1/2  gallons  per  100  BEP  hours 
and  9  to  10  gallons  per  100  K.W.  hours  delivered  at  the  switchboard,  at 
any  load  between  one-half  and  full  rating.  ThlB  means  that  the  fuel  cost 
per  K.W.  is  l/lO  of  what  a  single  gallon  of  common  fuel  oil  costs,  and,  of 
course,  we  eliminate  entirely  all  boiler-room  expense. 

We  believe  you  will  recognize  the  practical  wisdom  of  the  forward 
steps  we  have  taken,  and  the  apparent  superiority  of  our  design  over  what 
our  contemporaries  are  offering  in  this  country. 

Very  truly  yq 


llr.  Wm  H.  Meadoworoft , 

c/i ?  Ediaon  Laboratory, 
Or ansa,  N.  J. 

Jan.  11,  1912. 

Dear  Sir : 

Complying  with  your  request  of  the  lOinst  we  take  pleasure  in  sending  you  by 
nail  a  piece  of  natal  oovered  by  our  Fibre  prooese,  and  we  trust  sane  will'  meet  with 
Ur.  Edisona  entire  approval. 

Any  oolored  fibre  desired  oould  be  used,  and  if  a  wool  would. not  answer  silk 
could  be  used  at  a  slight  additional  cost. 

The  sample  submitted  is  covered  with  American  flock,  but  in  the  near  future 
we  plan  to  use  the  imported  only. 

Only  a  short  tine  ago  we  covered  a  turntable  for  the  Victor  Oo.  of  Camden  N.J. 
and  they  are  only  awaiting  our  proposition,  and  so  soon  as  our  Company  is  re-organized 
which  wo  expect  will  take  place  next  week,  then  we  will  see  what  we  can  do  with  the 
counter  proposition  made  us  by  them. 

One  of  the  greatest  faults  we  understand,  they  have  is  with  the  miaath  cloth 
pealing  up  at  the  edges.  With  our  treatment  this  will  not  occur. 

All  necessary  materials  could  be  procured  from  us,  and  your  workman  apply  same 
at  a  great  saving  over  the  oost  of  other  coverings. 

Awaiting  your  favors,  we  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 
Eastern  Fibre  Deoorating  Oo., 

Jem.  15/12 

President ,  Eaetom  Fibre  Decoratine  Co., 
105  West  40th  St., 

llew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  the  11th  instant  anti  sample  came 
duly  to  hand.  Mr.  Edison  thought  that  the  deposit  was  not 
quite  deep  enough  for  his  purpose,  hut  assumes  that  it  can 
he  made  deeper. 

From  the  contents  of  your  letter  it  would  seem 
that  we  could  obtain  materials  and  instructions  from  you  so 
that  the  work  could  he  done  here  by  our  own  workmen.  If 
this  assumption  is  correct,  will  you  kindly  advise. me  as  to 
v/hat  terms  you  would  make. 

YourB  very  truly. 




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in  accordance  with  your  request  the  other  day  so  you  can  stop  Lancaster 
buying  any  more  material;  simply  using  up  what  material,  he  has  on  hand 
at  the  present  time.  I  understand  that  T.  A.  Edison,  Inc.  will  take 
over  the  plant,  and  wish  that  Mr.  Miller  would  give. the  Battery  Company 
credit  for  all  material  issued  on  our  shop  order. 

Chpy  to  Mr. H.F. Miller. 

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with  you  at  any  time  it/would  be  convenient 
as  we  would  like  to  secure  part  of  your 
business  in  the  future. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  European  Tour  (1911)  (E-12-39) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  pertaining  to  publicity  and  other 
matters  related  Edison's  European  tour,  taken  with  his  family  during  June- 
October  1911.  Among  the  correspondents  are  longtime  Edison  associate 
Francis  Jehl  and  Etienne  de  Fodor  of  the  Societe  Generate  d'£lectricite  in 
Budapest,  who  published  a  biography  of  Edison  in  Hungarian.  Additional 
items  concern  Edison's  use  of  a  motor  car  to  travel  through  France  to 
Switzerland,  Austria,  and  Germany. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 



.He1  •Thomas  A. Edison, 

ORANGE  ,New  Jersey, 
United  States  of  America, 

We  have  had  occasion  to  collect  t 
and  articles  that  have  appeared  in  connection  with  your  European  trip,  and 
.  out  of  the  same  we  have  been  able  to  conclude  that  in  no  country  did  your 
visit  produce  such  a  favorable  impression  as  in  Hungary. 

Although  you  have  given  to  American  reporters  and  news¬ 
paper  men* your  views  and  ideas  upon  the  condition  of  things  as  you  found 
or  experienced  while  in  Switzer  land,  France  and  Germany,  we  have  missed  in 
all  these  interviews  any  reference  or  word  regarding  your  opinion  or  im¬ 
pression  regarding  Hungary  and  its  people. 

Since  then,we  may  mention,we  have  found  it  not  only  an 
agreeable  task  to  nurture  end  keep  fresh,  so.  as  to  say.the  impressions  that- 
you  have  made  upon  us  while  here,but  our  Fodor  has  further  succeeded 
to  induce,  ana  warm  up,  one  of  the  best  and  most  known  Hungarian  writer  to 
write  a  book  with  the  title"Edison"that  deals  exclusively  with  your  bio¬ 
graphy.  To  this  book  Fodor  himself, has  written  an  extensive  foreword, 
and  therein  he  describes  all  the  incidents  of  your  Journey  from  Vienna  to 
Budapest  and  your  sojourn  while  here.together  with  what  you  said  concerning 
t,his  coimtirv.The  'first  finished  copy  of  this  book  we  have  sent  you  to-day 


personal  collection  of  books  in  your,  library. Vie  may  mention  that  the 
publishers  will  launch  the  same  end  of  February. 

It  would  please  and  gratify  us  very  much  if  the  book, as 
well  as  the  endeavours  of  our  Fodor  in  this  direction  should  receive 
your  approval, and  in  which  case  we  beg  you  to  kindly  write  him  a  personal 
note  of  approbation  and  among  which  some  remarks  regarding  Hungary  and  the 
book, which  he  could  publish  and  thus  also  help  the  publishers  to  push  their 
sales  of  the  same  here.  You  will  see  that  the  whole  got-up  of  the  book  is 
admirable, while  at  the  same  time  you  must  admit  that  the  work  in  writing, 
publishing  it  ect.  is  an  example  of  extreme  radipity,and  that  Fodor 
has  shown  that  he  is  a  "brick".  Fodor'- would  also  be  very  much  pleased  if  you  would 
have  the  kindness  to  show  the  book  tb  Mrs .Edison  and  hopes  that  she  also 
will  be  favorably  impressed  with  it,while  at  the  same  time  he  sends  to  you 
and  your  dear  family  his  kindest  regards  and  compliments;  Vie  remain. 

Youtb  very  truly 


Chpr  Monsieur  ^ 

J'alTJien  requ  votre  alraable  lettre  ,qui  ra'a  6W  nemise 
p*r  l'intermdfilaire  a®  Monsieur  Monet  ,  et  4&  vous  remeroie  trde 
elnoirement  -Ae  1ft  satisfaction  qua  vous  me  tdpoignez  pour  le  voyage 
que  vous  avee  £ai]fc  aTe<?  ‘aJia  voituTb  que  j'avais  raise  k 

Y<?t>r0  disposition,  oroipe,  oher  Monsieur,  4  mss  Iprds  d^taues  sent!- 

ment»  t  •  l  Dt  /)  nr~* 




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SUrgSnyczIm :  EOYENARAM. 
TELEFON  3 — 52,  3-53,  3-64. 

Budapest,  . 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

EdlBon  Laboratory 

Orange  Mew  Jersey. 

Dear;  Mr.  Ediponj- 

I  Deg  to  acknowledge  the  reception  of -your  favor  of  the 
16th.  Inst,  together  with  the  copy  of  Mr.  Honnot  s  letter  concerning 
the  Bordi  affair.  This  matter  X  am  glad  to  mention  is  now  definitively 
settled,  and  I  confirm  every  word  about  Bardis  character  as  given  by 
Mr.  Monnot.  He  is  worst  then  ten  Greeks,  and  we  soon  found  out  that  he 
was  a  most  disreputable  person  to  deal  with  for  he  took  an  advantage  of 
the  breakdown  and  just  charged  what  he  lilted.  A  fault  lies  also  with 
the  Daimler  concern  for  they  ought  to  instruct  their  chauffeurs  as  to 
what  repairs  they  are  allowed  to  moke  and  should  first  ascertain  the 
costs.  Our  part  in  the  matter  was.  to  find  the  agent  that  handles  the 
Daimler  ,  cars  here  in  Budapest  so  that  a  new  axle  could  be  Immediately 
substituted.,  and  take  the  guarantee  that  the  bill  would  be  honoured. 
This  we  did  and  then  Bordi  stuck  on  us  like  a  leech  for  the  payment  of 
the  same  While  the  Daimler  Co.  began  in  a  dilatory  manner  to  dicker 
with  him  about  the  costs  Whereas  their  first  obligation  was  to  free  us 
and  then  negotiate,  for  what  we  did  was  for  you  end  not  for  the  Daimler. 

I  may  mention  that  Mr.  de  Eodor  has  received  the  Beach 


Storage  Battery  Gar  book  acid  has  studied  its  interesting  contents  ;  he  is 
at  present  in  nice  where  he  wants  to  revive  the  nerves  that  business 
cand  hard  work  have  strained. 

X  have  taken  notice  of  the  fact  that  you  will  shortly 
come  out  with  something  new  and  will  give  us  on  opportunity  to  handle  it 
and  for  which  I  tender  you  my  best  thanks. 

Trusting  that  you  and  your  family  are  enjoying  good 
health  and  with  kind  regards ,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly 




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Mr.  Etienne  de  Fodor, 

•  Budapest!  Altalanos  Villamossagi  Reszvenylarsasag, 

Budapest,  Hungary. 

My  Dear  Sir:- 

I  have. received  a  handsome  oopy  of  the  hook  entitled 
"Edison",  vfliich,  I  understand,  owes  its  existence  to  your  good 
self.  I  wish  I  were  more  conversant  withthe  Hungarian  language, 
hut  would  s'ay  that  so  far  as  my  examination  of  the  work  goeB  it 

appears  to  he  an  excellent  production,  and  I. trust  your  expecta¬ 
tions  in  regard  to  its  circulation  may  he  amply  realized. 

My  impressions  of  my  recent  trip  abroad  are  Btill 
fresh  in  my  mind,  and  X  think  there  is  none  more  vivid  and  satis¬ 
factory  than  those  of  my. trip  through  Hungary,  which  country  far  ex¬ 
ceeded  my  expectations  in  being  so  full  of  life  and  up  to  date. 

I  have  taken  your  book  home,  where  it  will  occupy 
a  place  in  my  library.  Mrs.  Edison  is  also  well  pleased  with  it. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison; - 

It  is  with  pleasure  that  X  beg  to  inform  you  that 
I  have  received  your  favor  of  Feb.  13th.  wherein  you  confirm  the 
reception  of  the  Hungarian  book  containing  your  biography. 

I  may  mention  that  I  have  been  informed  by  the 
publishers  that  the  sales  are  brisk,  and  that  the  public  are  evincing 
considerable  interest  for  the  same. 

In  conclusion  I  may  further  state  that  I  am  glad 
■  to  hear  that  you  were  favorable  impressed  with  the  condition  of 
things  you  saw  while  here  in  Hungary . 

With  the  kindest  and  sincerest  regards  to  you, 

Mrs.  Edison  and  the  other  members  of  your  family,  X  remain. 

Yours  most,  truly. 


■  Budapest  .March.. let,  1.9.1 

Mr . Thomas  A. Edison, 

Orange, New  Jersey,U.S.A. 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  Febuary  13th. ,Snd 
j  notice  that  you  are  satisfied  with  the  Hungarian  work  con¬ 

taining  your  biography. 

1  the  issue  of  the'  Electrical  World 

containing  the  notice  regarding  your  65th', birthday  celebration  and  have 
missed  among  the  mention  made  of  cables  received  notice  of  ours.  Did 
you  receive  it?  We  sent  you  on  the  10th. of  Feb. the  following  cablegram; 

''  We  tender  you  our  sincerest  wishes  and  .congratulations 
"  and  express  thereby  the  sentiments  that  Hungarians  also 
"  entertain  for  you. We  earnestly  hope  that  your  health, 

"spirits  and  activity  will  be  preserved  in  the  future 
"  as  it  has  been  in  the  past. Three  rousing  cheers  for  Edison. 

Etienne  de  Fodor.  Francis  Jehi.- 

X  may  mention  that  I  comfirmed  the  above  cablegram  from  Bale  in  Switzer¬ 
land  on  a  postal  card.  With  best  regards  to  all,!  remain. 

Mr.  Etienne  de  Fodor, 

VII  Kazinczy-utcza,  19 

Budapest,  Hungary. 

My- dear  de  Fodor:- 

Your  esteemed  favor  of  May  29th  oame  to  hand 
in  due  season,  and  within  the  last  few  days  I  have  also  re¬ 
ceived  the  souvenir  mentioned  therein. 

■  To  put  it  mildly,  I  am  fairly  overwhelmed 
with  the  heauty  and  magnificence  of  the  album  which  you  have 
so  kindly  designed  and  sent  me  to  commemorate  the  occasion 
of  my  visit  to  your  Beautiful  City  last  summer. 

As  a  work  of  art  the  album  is  unique  and  is. 
the  acme  of  perfection  to  the  minutest  detail.  I  have  never 
seen  anything  of  the  kind  more  beautiful.  As  a  token  of 
friendly  feeling,  and  as  a  soiivenir  of  an  enjoyable  visit 
long  to  be  remembered,  I  shall  treasure  this  album  and  re¬ 
gard  it  as  one  of  ray  cherished  possessions. 

Allow  me  to  tender  my  sincere  thanks  for  this 
handsome  gift,  and  to  express  my  appreciation  of  the  honor  you 
have  done  me  in  conferring  upon  me  such  a  striking  and  endur¬ 
able  memento  of  ray  pleasant  sojourn  with  you. 

My  wife  and  family  desire  to  join  with  me 


West  Orange, II.  J.  J  «  AJ? 

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to  accompany  him  to  Europe  next  month, pot  however  on  business. 

He  is  asufferer  from  hay  fever  and  finds  complete  relief  from  it 
in  being  over  there  during  the  season  from  early  in  August  to 
October.  Strange  to  say  Europeans  olaim  to  find  relief  from  the* 
same  trouble  by  coming  to  this  country.  It  is  certainly  peculiar 
My  going  is  rather Unexpected  and  as  J.  have  never  thought 
muoh  about  snoh  a  trip  I  don't  know  what  I  would  like  to  do  or  •* 
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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Exhibitions  (E-12-40) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  involvement  in  exhibitions,  trade  shows,  anniversary  celebrations, 
and  meetings  of  electrical  and  other  industries.  Among  the  documents  for 
1912  are  letters  concerning  the  annual  Northwestern  Electric  Show  in 
Minneapolis  and  an  exhibition  of  the  Iowa  Electrical  Association.  Also  included 
is  correspondence  with  Ludwig  M.  Goldberger  regarding  the  Panama-Pacific 
International  Exposition  to  be  held  at  San  Francisco  in  1915. 

Less  than  1 0  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  Invitations 
that  were  unanswered  or  routinely  declined  by  Edison  have  not  been 


f-  -Trass  MARCH  16-23.1912 




February  17th, 1913. 

Mr.  Thomas' A;  Edison, 

Orange,  N..T. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

In  regard  to  the  arrangements  made  for 
opening  our  1913  northwestern  Electrical  Exposition 
by  pressing  a  button  on  March  16th,  we  have  decided 
to  designate  this  first  day  as  "Edison  Day"  and  X 
have  arranged  with  Governor  A.  0.  Eberhart  to  be 
present  at  the  time  we  will  later  designate  and  would 
like  to  have  you  send  him  a  telegraphic  message  at 
that  time.  This  message  to  be  in  a  sense  an  expression 
of  your  views  of  the  progress  of t  he  electrical  art 
to  date  or  a  prophesy  of  the  ’future  or  both  as  you 
see  fit. 

While  X  hope  you  will  not  feel  that  I  am 
imposing  upon  your  kindness,  but  if  you  can  do  this 
it  will  certainly  be  appreciated  and  I  am  sure  very 
inspiring  in  connection  with  the  educational  features 
of  our  Exposition. 

Trusting  this  arrangement  will  be  satis¬ 
factory  to  you,  I  remain, 

Sincerely  yours, 

Acknowleding  further  you  kind  favor  of  Feb 
39  and  March  5,  I  note  by  your  telegram  received 
this  morning  that  my  night  letter  of  Feb.  9th 
reached  you.  X  have  just  written  Mr.  Edison  a  letter 
to  Fort  Meyer  ae  per  enclosed  copy  which  is  self- 

Undoubtedly  I  will  hear  from  you  by  mail 
during  the  next  couple  of  days  but  if  there  is 
anything  .of  inportance  in  the  way  of  plans  made  at 
Orange  before  Mr.  Edison  left  in  connection  with  the 
pressing  of  the  button  and  message  he  was  to  Bend 
to  Governor  Eberhart  on  Saturday  March  16,  would  be 
glad  to  have  you  wire  me  providing  any  letters  now 
in  transit  does  not  cover  the  essential  information 
on  this  point. 

X  note  there  is  a  probablility  of  your 
bringing  Mrs.  Hutchinson  with  you  and  think  it  would 
be  an  excellent  trip  for  her.  My  own  family  is  some¬ 
what  broken  up  as  Mrs.  Clark  has  been  in  the  hospital 
for  nearly  eight  weeks  for  special  treatment  and  I  am 
in  hopes  we  will  be  able  to  get  her  out  in  time  to 
visit  the  exposition  which  she  is  very  much  interested 

Had  a  talk  with  Mr.  V?ard  Burton  the  other 
day  and  Mr.  H.  J.  Burton  also  called  me  up  on  the  phone 
and  said  he  had  heard  from  you.  They  are  very  enthus¬ 
iastic  over  your  coming  and  believe  are  making  some 
plans  for  you  to  spend  Saturday (al so  Mrs.  Hutchinson 
if  she  comes  along;  at  their  lake  home. 

As  advised  in  my  telegram  of  last  night  the 
formal  opening  of  the  exposition  will  be  at  3  P.M. 
Saturday  March  16,  central  time.  We  however  plan  to 
admit  the  publio  as  early  as  1:30  so  that  they  may 

M.R. Hutchinson  #3- 

,,ba  present  in  considerable  numbers  to  enjoy  the  festiveable  of 
lights  when  Mr.  Edison  presses  the  button  that  turns  them  on  at 
3  P.M. 

Referring  to  the  post  script  on  your  lettaer  of  Feb.  39th 
I  note  what  you  said  in  regard  to  maintdining  secrecy  on  your 
coming  for  fear  that  it  might  be  necessary  for  your  to  change  your 
Plans,  however,,  in  this  commection,  I  mailed  you  last  night  pages 
from  newspapers  of  recent  issue  that  had  been  published  prior  to  your 
note  being  received,  which,  of  course,  makes  no  difference  how  as 
your  coming  is  definitely  settled. 

I  also  sent  you  other  clippings  and  program  of  the  insti¬ 
tute  and  electrical  engineers  convention,  and  the  latter  you  will 
note  your  are  scheduled  for  a  paper  on  Tuesday,  March  19  and  as 
per  my  message  of  last  night,  I  advised  Mr.  Pocock,  St.  Paul  Gas 
Light  company  that  no  special  plans  had  been  made  that  would  take 
up  your  time  on  Monday  evening  March  18  and  that  if  he  oould  arrange 
for  your  talk  in  St.  Paul  at  that  time,  it  would  not  conflict  with 
the  program  here. 

With  very  kind  regards. 

Yours  very  truly, 


\  -  * 



March  10th, 1913. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

In  connection  With  the  official  opening  of 
our  1913  Northwestern  Eleotrioal  Expcsition,  in  which 
you  so  kindly  consented  to  participate,  would  eay 
in  a  recent  letter  your  Mr.  Hutchinson  advised  me 
that  you  would  go  to  your  Florida  home  where  you 
would  be  on  Maroh  16,  the  opening  day.  I  also  have 
a  wire  from  him  this  morning  stating  that  you.had 
left  for  Fort  Meyer  yesterday  the  9th  and  also  that 
he  expected  to  arrive  here,  on  Saturday  morning  Maroh 
16  to  be  present  at  the  opening. 

I  have  up  now  with  the  postal  telegraph 
people  the  matter  of  arranging  for  your  touohing  the 
button  at  3  P.M.  oentral  time  that  will  be  the  signal 
for  turning  on  the  lightB  and  starting  the  machinery 
of  the  coming  exposition.  As  soon  as  the  telegraph 
oompany  completes  arrangements  will  wire  you. 

Referring  to  your  telegraphio  message  to 
be  sent  to  Governor  AY  0.  Eberhart  of  Minnesota, 
some  time  between  3  and  3  P.M.  Saturday  March  16 
(oentral  time)  would  like  to  have  you  address  the 
Govennor,  oare  Northwestern  Eleotrioal  Exposition, 
Minneapolis  Armory,  Minneapolis  Twin  City,  U.S.A. 

In  your  message  if  you  can  conveniently 
do  so,  it  would  be  highly  appropriate  to  Incorporate 
an  expression  of  your  views  on  the  future  of  eleotri- 
oity.  This  message,  in  a  sense,  is  to  be  to  the 
people  of  the  Twin  City  and  the  Northwest  and  the 
number  of  words  ie  to  be  optional  with  you. 

In  closing  will  eay  I  will  keep  in  touch 
with  you  on  important  details  that  may  develop  between 
now  ‘and  opening  of  exposition. 

Yours  very  truly. 


A  Modern  Education  | 

1912  Northwestern  1912 



Seven  Days,  Starting  Saturday,  Mar.  16 


Minneapolis  Armory,  Kenwood  Parkway  J 

Night  Letter  Postal  Telegraph  March  11,  1912. 


R.  W.  Clark, 

General  Electric  Uo., 

Minneapolis,  Minn, 






,  «  Qranee,-  ■' 

Received  at  238  ^  op*#- 

E  BY  DS  76  ffliral***' 

t)  *~2/ 

Minneapolis  Minn  March  1E-1E 

Miller  Reese  Hutchinson 

Care  Thomas  A  EdiBon  laboratory 

Answering  telegram  eleventh  arrangements  now  completed  Eaison  message 

button  _  _ 

Western  union  will  not  attempt  to  have  EaiBon  press* Port  Meyer  have 
arranged  with  local  Western  Union  Office  to  send  signal  from  Main  Office 
to  Exposition  this  will  Buff ice  you  arrange  to  have  Eaison  message  to 
Governor  Elberhardt  here  Saturday  morning  we  will  do  the  rest  .If  possible 
have  message  oover  Edisons  views  of  progress  of  Eleotrioal  Art  to  date 
and  prophecy  for  futtoe  Afvise  Edison  of  details... 

R  W  Clark.... 300  A.M. 

Night  Letter  to  Mr.  Thoms  A.  Edison., 
Port  Myers ,  Fla.  Ay  Postal  Telegraph. 







S  MOINES.  IOWA.  Har.  2TC  1912 

Secretary  to  Hr.  Thoms  a  a.  Edison, 

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. 8th . .June . 1912.... 

BERLIN,  . »■#*** . . 

mfr-  CROFT. 


Dear  Mr.  MLiwJfi  r>-*0  ^ 

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As  you  know,  in  celebration  of  the 
completion  of  the  Panama  Canal,  the 

Panama  Pacific  International  Exposition 

will  be  held  at  San  Francisco  in  the  year  1915,  (opening  February 
20,  closing  December  4)  organized  by  the  Directors  of  the  Panama 
Pacific  International  Exposition  Company.  The  President  of  the  Uni¬ 
ted  States  under  the  proclamation  Bigned  February  2,  1912, and  autho¬ 
rized  by  an  act  of  Congress,  approved  February  15,  1911,  has  invi¬ 
ted  all  nations  to  take  part  in  the  Exposition. 

It  is  clear,  that  the  completion  of  the  Panama  Canal  and 
its  opening  is  one  of  the  most  wonderful  and  important  works  of  man¬ 
kind.  We  here  in  the  old  World  follow  the  prospects  and  the  coming 
development  with  the  greatest  appreciation.  Sut.^between^the^histo- 
rical  event  itself  and  the  Festivals,  celebrating  this  event,  it 
seems  to  me,  there  exists  an  essential  difference. 

Animated  by  'the  wish- to  study  seriously  the  matter,  I 
have  the  deepest  interest  to.  be  informed  about  two  questions  .which 

P.  T.  0. 

are  connected  very  cloeely  herewith.  For  this  purpose  I  will  ask 
the  opinion  of  a  few  prominent  men  in  the  United  States.  So  I  take 
the  liberty,  dear  Mr.  Edison,  to  call  in  your  aid  also,  and  that 
in  a  private  and  absolutely  confidential  way. 

The  two  questions . are  the  following  ! 
a)  Do  you  believe  that  the  people  of  the  United  States  con¬ 
sider  the  Exposition  in  San  Francisco  as  a  local  enter¬ 
prise  ( that " of” a” single” State) " " or' " what  is  asserted,_a_ 
national  undertaking  supported  by  the  sympathy  and  the 
enthusiasm  of  the  whole  of  the  citizenhopd_.*' 
h)  Do  you  belTeve"~that  the  industries  of  the  East  which  in 
St.  Louis  1904  stood  aloof  from  the  Exposition  have  the 
intention  to  take  part  1915.  in  San  Francisco  ? 

I  would  be  very  grateful,  if  you  would  have  the 
great  kindness  to  give  me  your  reply  as_soon_as_possible:  Please 
accept  my  thanks  in  advance,  and  beHev"e"me.,  dear  Mr.  Edison, 

Very  sincerely  yourB 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 


for  a  permanent  exhibition  at  the  Parle  of  the  Heel 
Roclcs  in  Mount  Morrison,  in  Colorado,  where  it  will 
he  carefully  preserved,-  meanwhile  having  it  brought 
to  the  Exposition  in  San  Pranci3CO.  Would  you 
care  to  have  this  disposition  made  of  it,  or  have  you 
some  other  plan  in  view  ? 

Yours  very  truly. 

Director  of  Congresses 
and  Exploitation 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Family  (E-1 2-41) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  by  and  about 
Edison's  family.  Several  items  are  written  by  Edison  or  bear  his  marginalia. 
Among  the  documents  for  1912  is  correspondence  between  Edison  and  his 
wife,  Mina  Miller  Edison,  concerning  the  final  illness  and  death  of  her  mother. 
There  are  also  letters  pertaining  to  the  engagement  of  Edison's  daughter 
Madeleine  and  to  the  financial,  business,  and  other  interests  of  his  sons 
Thomas  Jr.,  William,  and  Charles.  Other  documents  relate  to  the  property  at 
10  Fifth  Avenue  in  New  York  City  (former  headquarters  of  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.)  owned  by  Mina  Edison. 

Approximately  80  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence. 

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please  oall  Mr;  Edison's  attention  to  the  attached 

correspondence  and  my  reply,  and  please  say  to  him  that  I  have 
had  the  new  stack  made  some  time  ago,  but  on  account  of  bad 
weather  oonditions  1  did  not  risk  having  the  men  remove  the 
old  one  and  put  the  new  one  in  position. 

Please  also  say  to  him  that  there  is  no  danger  at 
present,  sinoe  the  bad  sections  have  been  removed,  and  that 
the  new  sections  will  be  put  in  place  at  an  early  date. 

Very  truly 


Thomas  A.  Edisonjnc. 


Edison  Phonographs  and  Records 
Edison  Primary  Batteries 
Edison Kinetoscopes  andMotion  Picture  Films 
Edison  Business  Phonographs 



Mr.  William  Polzor, 

S0-5th  Avonuo, 

IIow  York  City. 

Dear  Polsser: 

Ploaso  look  into  the  matter  roforrod  to  in  enclosed  lottor 
from  Aloxander,  Cohn  &  Sondheim,  concerning  the  promises  #10-5th  Ave., 
and  arrange  to  have  any  necessary  work  promptly  attended  to.  Return 
letter  to  rne,  advising  what  you  have  done,  so  that  1  in  turn  can  advise 
Mr.  Edison. 





^^^Kianfs3rd,  1912  * 

Matter  of  the  Wavorly  Realty  Company  l  tX^***'*^ 

Dear  Madam: 

¥.'e  are  attorneys  for  the  Waverly  Realty  Company, 
which  ownB  the  premises  Ho.  12  Fifth  Avenue.  Affixed  to  the 
Southerly  wall  of  that  building  is  a  smoke  stack  running  from 
the  premises  Mo.  10  Fifth  Avenue.  We  understand  that  you  are 
the  owner  of  those  premises.  The  upper  section  of  this  smoke 
stack,  containing  the  hood,  was,  we  are  informed,  blown  down  by 
the  wind  in  such  a  manner  as  to  damage  to  some  extent  the  screen 
protecting  the  skylight  at  the  bottom  of  the  light  shaft  at  the 
premises  12  Fifth  Avenue,  and  we  are  informed  that  other  sections 
of  the  smoke  stack  are  in  a  loose  and  dangerous  condition  and 
may  cause  further  damage  to  the  property,  if  not  injury  to  some 
employees  or  tenants.  We  write  to  advise  you  of  this  fact  and 
to  request  that  you  will  immediately  cause  the  stack  to  be  put 
into  a  safe  condition.  , 

Very  truly  yours, 

Mrs .  Minna  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 


January  30th,  1913. 

tiesere.  Alexandar,  Cohn  &  Sondheim, 

B1  Ohambere  3treot, 

\  New  York  City. 


/  Your  letter  of  the  33rd  inot.,  ad- 

drooood  to  Mro.  Edison,  in  referonoe  to  premiBea 
Mo. 10  Fifth  Avenue,  has  been  referred  to  the 
writer,  and  In  reply  I  beg  to  advise  you  that  I 
have  already  taken  steps  to  remedy  the  matter  you 
'complain  of,  and  in  fact,  a  new  Btaok  is  already 
reude  and  the  manufacturer  hao  been .waiting  for  a 
favorable  opportunity  to  ereot  it.  The  delay 
Has  been  oaueed  by  bad  weather  oonditiono. 

.  I  am  also  advised  that  sections  of 

the  old  staok  have  been  removed,  but  I  will  bob 
jto  it  at  once  that  the  entire  stack  ia  removed, 
ff  oame.ha8  not  ulready  been  done,  so  that  your 
dliont  will  have  no  furthor  oauBe  for  oomplaint. 

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February' 15,  1912, 

Master  Theodore  Edison, 


West  Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Theodore, - 

I  am  in  receipt  of 
your  hill  of  February  14th  for  5,000 
cards,  etc. 

1  am  returning  this 
hill  to  you,  because  it  is  not  made 
out  properly.  Don't  ever  sign  your 
name  to  the  bottom  of  a  bill,  when 
you  send  it  out.  Of  course, .you  are 
perfectly  safe  in  doing  bo  in  this 
instance,  but  some  day  you  majc  send 
a  bill  out  with  your  name  on  the 
bottom  of  it,  and  the  other  fellow  ■■ 
might  write  "Received  paiyment"over 
your  name,  and  then  when  you  come 
to  oolleot  your  money,  he  can  show 
you  a  receipted  bill,  and  evade  the 

This  would  be  a  better 


Orange ,  N .  J . , 

February  14,  1912. 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Dr. 

.  Glenmont  Press, 

Theodore  M.  Edison,  President,  Or-. 

You  ought  to  print 
some  hill  heads  for  yourself ,  and 
render  your  hills  on  these  hill  head! 

Yours  sincerely, 



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May  29,  1912. 

Mr.  Villi  am  H.  Mesdowcroft, 

Edison  Lobratory , 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: - 

I  thank  you  for  your  letter  in  answer  to 
my  telegram.  I  shall  he  glad  to  come  to  the  Lab- 
ratory  on  June  5rd  and  bring  with  me  the  Edieon 
pedigree  bb  far  aB  Z  have  charted  it. 

I  should  bIbo  be  glad  to  make  another 
trip  to  the  Edison  house  with  the  view  to  securing 
an  outline  of  the  genealogy  that  MrB.  Hiison  is 





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September  30,  1912. 

Mr.  Harry  E1.  Miller: 

Regarding  attached  letter  from  Tom  with  enclosures , 

please  see  me  about  this  so  that  we  can  talk  over  the  matter.  Appar¬ 
ently  their  house  is  in  pretty  bad  condition,  but  at  the  same  time  I 
do  not  believe  that  Mr.  Edison  will  feel  that  he  can  do  anything  more 
for  Tom  now.  Why  wouldn’t  it  be  a  good  scheme  to  tell  Tom  to  close 
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That  would  give  them  a  good  change  and  they  will  have  money  enough 
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General  Offices.  39  Boylston  Street. 

Boston,  October  16th,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison, 

X  am  Handing  you,  under  separate  cover, 
a  few  advance  photographs  of  your  exhibits  at  the  Boston 
Electric  Show.  It  is  needless  for  me  to  tell  you  how 
much  attention  the  exhibits  are  attracting,  particularly 
the  battery  exhibit,  and  you  have  good  reason  to  feel 
proud  of  Charles  for  the  manner  in  which  he  is  taking 
hold  and  explaining  to  the  members  of  the  National  Elec¬ 
tric  Iiight,  Association  and  other  central  station  men  of 
the  advantages  of  the  Edison  battery. 

Thanking  you  for  your  many  courtesies  to 
me  while  at  Orange,  I  beg  to  remain 

Very  truly  yours, 


Mr.  Dyer:  Oot.  17,  1912. 

Mr.  Com  Edison  Jr.  called  up  from  Burlington 
this  morning  to  ash  about  tho  matter  of  thoir  house.  1 
told  thorn  that  you  had  been  away  considerably  and  moro  than 
usually  busy  but  that  I  would  remind  you  of  it ,  although 
you  had  the  matter  before  you  for  attention  us  soon  as  you 


lologram— Paid— 10/iv/l3 . 

Charles  Edison, 

6  IiOTiisburg  Square , 

Boston,  Mass. 

Sending  new  man  namod  Thompson  with  now  machine  and  sis  now  pictures 
to  Boston  tonight  to  remain  until  the  exhibit  is  over,  or  until  things 
aro  running  smoothly.  Watch  out  and  advise  if  conditions  show 
improvement . 

C.  H.  Wilson. 

Ohg.  S.  A.  E.  Inc. 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  Incorporated 

October  10,  1918. 

Mrs.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jx» , 

Burlington,  H.  •?« 

Dear  Beatrice; 

I  duly  received  your  letter  of  the  10th,  ana 
delayed  answering  in  the  hope  that  X  '.eight  have  something  en¬ 
couraging  to  say* 

You  have  probably  road  in  the  papers  that  Mr.  Edison 
has  been  working  very  hard  on  the  new  Disc  ma* ine ,  and  for 
several  months  he  has  been  conducting  a  campaign  that  gives 
him  only  a  few  hours  sleep  a  day.  Ho  is  naturally  more  or 
less  impatient,  and  I  think  it  would  he  very  unwise  for  me 
to  bring  up  this  matter  at  this  time.  At  the  same  time  I 
recognise  that  this  ia  all-important  to  you,  and  I  am  sorry 
that  you  have  to  put  up  with  the  inconveniences  that  you  de¬ 
scribe  . 

As  a  suggestion,  why  don’t  you  and  Tom  arrange  to 
olose  up  the  house  when  the  cold  weather  comes  and  go  to  some 
quiet  place  in  the  south  where  you  oen  live  during  the  Winter 
months?  It  seems  to  mo  that  this  would  he  a  pleasant  change 
for  both  of  you,  and  your  income  certainly  ought  to  enable  you 

Mrs.  Thomas  A.  EdiBon,  Jr.-  2. 

to  live  in  some  quiet,  oomf ortahle ,  home-like  plaoe.  It 
would  give  you  both  a  good  change  and  probably  would  bo  a 
fine  thing  for  Tom's  health.  Lot  me  know  what  you  think  of 
this  plan,  and  X  will  have  someone  look  around  and  send  you 
circulars  and  printed  natter  relating  to  places  that  you  night 
go  to. 

House  give  Tom  my  best  regards  and  toll  him  not  to' 
get  discouraged  but  that  everything  is  going  to  oomo  out  all 
right  in  the  end.  loruonally  1  bolievo  that  when  we  got  out 
the  now  Pise  phonograph  it  is  going  to  he  a  tremendous  suoeess 
and  Hr.  Edison's  mind  can  then  bo  turned  into  other  channels. 


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Dear  Sir;- 

Mr.  Edison  received  yours  of  the  11th  instant 
and  also  the  photograph  of  your  mother,  which  latter  is  re¬ 
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Sear  Sir: 

,  Your  seoond  letter  to  Mr.  Edison 
was  received,  and  he  1ms  node  an  investigation  of  the 
facts  you  refer  to.  This  investigation  shows  tlist 
you  are  mistaken  in  your  belief .  The  night  he  was  horn 
Ur.  Edison  was  washed  and  dressed  by  a  close  relative 

of  the  family. 

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are  in  error,  and  that  is,  Mr.  Edison's  family  was  never 
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December  6,  1912. 

Mrs.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr., 

Burlington,  H.  J. 

Doar  Mrs.  Edison: 

Mr.  Weber  has  roforrod  your  communication 
of  December  3rd  to  me,  and  thinking  perhaps  you  would  prefer 
one  of  our  later  type  machines,  I  took  the  matter  up  with 
Mr.  Edison,  with  the  result  that  we  will  ship  to  you  an 
Amber ola  III,  as  shown  in  catalogue  herewith  enclosed,  which 
I  believe  will  give  you  bettor  satisfaction  imd  which  I 
think  you  will  appreciate  more  so  far  aB  its  representing 
an  artistio  piece  of  furniture  is  concerned.  On  reoeipt 
of  this  maohine,  you  may  return  your  old  Triumph  maohine. 

fours  vo ry  truly, 

CHW/IWW  Vi  oe-Bres.  &  Oen.  Hgr. 


Mr.  Youmans:  Doo.  6,  1912. 

Enter  order  and  ship  to 

I  Thome  A.  Edison,  Jr. , 

*  Burlington,  H.  J. 

one  Amberola  111,  mahogany  finish,  maohine.  Soe  that  it 
is  carefully  tested  and  have  it  shipped  at  onoe. 

He  will  later  return  his  old  Triumph  maohine,  and 
whon  reoeivod,  it  should  he  repaired  for  stock,  or  if  ono  of 
the  old  type  it  oan  he  dismantled  and  its  parts  usod  for 

Charge  this  maohino  to  Thomas  A.  Edison  laboratory, 
sending  a  no  charge  hill  to  Thomus  A.  Edison,  Jr. 


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Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. , 
Orange,  II.  J. 
I\Iy  Dear  Sir:- 


am-'S  *«* 

19th,  1912. 

I  have  been  trying  to  find  out  for  a  friend  of  mine,  the 
address  of  your  son  Hr.  Thomas  A. 'Edison  Jr.,  so  fra-  I  have  not  succeed 
ed.  I  was  told  to  write  to  you  and  you  could  no  doubt  furnish  mo  with 
the  address. 

Six  years  ago  this  friend  was  induced  by  Hr.  John  A. 
Thomson,  treasurer  of  the  Thomas  A..  Edison  Jr.  and  William  Holder 
Steel  &  Iron  Process  Co.  to  invest  in  the  stock  of  this  Com any.  On 
account  of  the  name  Edison,  he  took  and  paid  for  100  shares  on  the 
5th  of  Oct.  1906,  and  on  account  of  a  letter  to  him  from  your  son, 

(  a  cony  of  which  I  enclose  herewith)  he  on  the  26th  of  November  1906, 
took  end  ocid  for  100  shares  more.  He  ha.s  not  received  any  dividend 
of  any  kind  on  the  stock,  neither  has  he -been' able  to  dispose  of  the 
stock‘ at  any  price.  He  naid  for  the  200,  shares  $5000.  He  is  anxious 
to  know  if  there  ever  v/as  such  a  Company  doing  business,-  or  if  it  was 
only  on  paper  end  he  thought  he  might  get  some  information  from  your 

I  have  seen  Mr.  John  A.  Thompson  a  number  of  times,  but 
could  never  got  any  satisfaction  from  him.  Hr.  Wilson  cannot  afford 
to  lose  $5000.  and  ho  feels  very  bad  about  the  matter,  particularly 
on  account  of  the  letter  ho  received  from  your  son. 

If  you  will  have  the  kindness  to  furnish  me  with  his 
address,  I  shall  be  very  much  obliged  to  you.  Trusting  you  will 
pardon  me  for  troubling  you,  I  am. 


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New  York  October  24,  1906. 

Mr.  James  Wilson, 

Dater3on,  II.  J. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Thompson  has  shown  me  his  correspondence  with  you 
sad  has  also  informed  me  of  his  conversation  with  you  rolative  to 
our  Company,  and  I  fully  endorse  every  statement  made  by  him,  and  in 
addition  will  say  that  I  believe  that  when  the  merits  of  our  process 
are  recognized  and  adopted,  it  will  revolutionize  the  Steel  and  Iron 
Industry,  and  that  it  will  be  history  repeating  itself  in  like  manner 
to  some  of  my  father’s  stock,  which  sold  at  one  time  as  low  as  §25. 
a  share,  and  not  .long  afterwards  was  in  good  demand  at  §5,000.  a 
share . 

Mr.  Thompson  has  spokon  very  highly  of  you,  and  I  assure 
you  that  I  would  be  very  glad  indeed  to  have  you  increase  your  hold¬ 
ings  with  us. 

Sincerely  yours, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Jr. 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Fan  Mail  [not  selected]  (E-12-42) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  and  other  documents 
from  admirers  of  Edison.  Included  are  newspaper  clippings,  musical 
compositions,  and  poetry,  as  well  as  requests  regarding  Edison's  life  story. 

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This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  and  other  documents 
relating  to  Edison's  personal  financial  interests  and  investments.  Most  of  the 
items  for  1912  consist  of  transaction  narratives  from  journal  entries  pertaining 
to  the  Lansden  Co.  and  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  Also  included  are 
lists  of  expenses  related  to  an  experiment  on  automobile  wheels  and 
expenses  connected  with  work  on  the  cement  cabinet,  along  with 
correspondence  concerning  the  sale  of  Edison's  shares  of  North  American 
Transportation  and  Trading  Co.  Several  documents  bear  routine  marginalia 
by  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Foreign  Language  Documents  (Untranslated) 

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This  folder  contains  foreign-language  documents  that  were  not  translated 
by  Edison’s  office  staff,  along  with  others  that  were  translated  and 
subsequently  separated  from  the  English-language  version.  Included  are  letters 
and  pamphlets  in  French,  German,  and  Russian. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Fort  Myers  (E-1 2-45) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  home,  property,  and  community  interests  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida. 
Most  of  the  letters  are  by  Harvie  E.  Heitman,  a  dealer  in  wholesale  and  retail 
groceries  who  was  Edison's  agent  in  overseeing  contractors,  repairs,  workers, 
and  other  matters.  Among  the  items  for  1912  are  letters  regarding  Edison's 
interest  in  the  Schultz  Hotel  Co.  and  municipal  campaigns  to  promote  the 
planting  of  royal  palm  trees. 

Approximately  70  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence. 


Ehos.  A.  Edison, 

Hear  Sir: 

I  am  in  rooeipt  of  a  3. otter  from 
;p.rB.  3?arkhill  F:  Jackson,  attomeys ,  of 
in,  Fla.,  act  vising  that  the  Estate  of 
•les  Hoag  hr.B  placed  the  mortgage  for 
,000  with  accrued  interest  for  three 
•s ,  in  their  hands  for  collection. 

You  will  doubtless  recall  that 
i  the  now  hotel  was  built  only  310,000 
:h  of  stock  was  subscribed  and  paid  for. 
buildings,  furnishings ,  docks,  etc., 

;  -324,000.  It  was  therefore  necessary  to 
set  this  loan  with  JJr.  Hoag  in  order  to  pa; 
the  indebtedness. 

Messrs.  Parkhill  F:  .Taokson  have 
sod  not  to  press  the  foreolosure  prooend- 
•.  until  after  the  annual  meet  inn  of  the 

Fart  TOprrs,  Florida, April., 2G.-. 1912. 

t  Oraage.,11.  J.  (pjJ> 


Dear  Sir: 



It  has  boon  suggested  to  me  that  you  might  consider  selling  your  home  place 
here;n$r  interest  in  Fort  layers  is  so  sincere  that  I  .personally  .would  regret,  arc  oedingl^, 
that  you  should  sell.hut.lf  you  had  decided  to  do  so  I  would  like  to  know  your  price 
with  a  view  to  haying. 

/Very  respectfully 'yours. 


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\u^vJr  ^T#  t 

®'**‘V'l3rv  ThomaB  A?  Edison,  ’ _ .-.  »*n'{',£  ^  , 

i^jLc  <*»<* 

jfc~V  (v€»>  W«fe  l*^Sf 

<S~"r  Doubtless  you  have  notioed  in  the  Press  that 

on  petition  of  a  majority  of  the  property  owners  along 
the  IJeGregor  Boulevard,  the  City  Counoil  has  ordered 
that  sidewalks,  with  a  six  foot  tree  row  or  parkway 
outside,  hounded  hy  ourhing,  he  constructed  on  both  sides 
of  the  Boulevard- from  the  depot' to  Emanuel ’sJSyanch. 

f(LW  action  vfes  t iken  in  order  ti^  the 
Boulevard  leading  out  beyond  your  home  a  bealrtiful  drive 
and  as  the  Commissioners  have  turned  the  construction  of 
this  portion  of  the  road  over  to  the  Government  engineers 
we  expect  to  .have  one  of  the  finest  stretofes  of  highway 
there  to  he. found  anywhere  in  the  country.  Vlt  is  proposed 
to  make  this  tree  row  six  feet  in  width  and^plaoe  all  of 
the  palms  you  planted  along  the  Boulevard  in  perfect  line 
in  this  tree. row.  You  will  remember  I  talked  to  you  about 
this  proposition  before  you  left.  As  it  is  now  some  of 
the  palms  are  four  feet  from  the  sidewalk  and  some  of 
them  six  and  eight  feet  distant  and  of  course  it  would 
look  much  better  to  have  them  in  perfect  alignment. 

The  town  proposes  to  stand  the  expense  of  moving  these 

Practically  every  property  owner  along  this 
stretch  of  boulevard  who  has  not  had  sidewalks  laid  have 
asked  me  to  secure  bids  and  proceed  with  the  work  and.  I 
now  write  to  ask  you  if  it  will  be  satisfactory  to  you 
to  have  the  work  done  in  front  of  your  property  at  the 
same  time  the  rest  of  the  v/ork  is  done.  I  have  a  price 
from  Vf.  H.  Wallace  &  Co.  of  about  11</  per  square  foot  for 
a  first-olass  sidewalk  and  2B</  per  running  foot  for 
building  the  curb,  provided  all  the  property  owners  will  , 
have  the  work  done  at  the  same  time  so  that  he  can  make 
one  joh  of  it,  and  I  oonsider  this  a  very  reasonable  price 

I  would  be  glad  if  you  will  write  me  promptly 
advising  mo  of  your  wishes  in  the  matter,  and  if  you  desire 
to  have  the  work  done  p.  1;  the  same  time  that  the  rest .  of 
it  is  put  throxigh  it  will  probably  cost  you  less  and  I 
shall  be  very  glnd  to  look  after  it  for  you. 

We  are  having  fine  rains  now  and  everything  is 
looking  well.  X  hope  that  you  and  your  family  are  well 
and  with  kindest  regards  and  best  wishes,  I  am, 


m-  2  ~~®-  '-~=. 

Dear  Sir:  ’  Z~ 

'■'  Replying  to  youraj  of  the  Elat,  a petition,!  -  >  •'  J  \ 

Signed  by  praotiaally  all  of  the  property  owners  from  < 
the  little  branch  below  your  place  to- the  flepot ,  waa 
sent  in’  to :  the'. City  Council.  at  their  last  meeting,  -n 
requesting  that  sidewalks  and  curbing  six  feet -from  the^p 
sidewalks  for  a, tree; row  or  parkway,  be  ordered  built  (I 
oh  both  Bides*  of- the'Mo Gregor  Boulevard  from*the- depot  to  C_ 
thia  little;  braliohv  the  expense -of  the.  work  to  be  home  / 
hy;the  property;  owner  a.  •  v<  .  r  I 

I  am  enclosing  Blcetoh  showing  how  the  palms 
would  look  inBida  thia  tree  row.  Yea,  the  notioe  sent 
means'  that  'Urf-Edlsbn'will  have  to  build  Bide  walk  and 
durhing-on  the^aouth-aide  of  the  street,  where  hie  barn 
is  looated  and'  my -reason  for  writing. Ur.  Edison  was  to 
asoertaih.  whether  or1  not  he 'wished  to  have'  this  work  done 

at  the • same  time  ; the  other  property  owners  vhave  theix 
sidewalks  and  curbing  built ,  thereby  saving' considerable 
ontheooat ,  for  the.  property  owner B^who  agree;  to  have  this 
work  done  now  will  get  the  benefit  of  a  special  price  of 
about  11/  per  aq.  foot  'for  the  sidewalk  and'- 26/.  per  running 
foot  for  the  ourbing.  At  this  rate  the  improvment  will 
not  be  very  expensive,  aa  the  sidewalk  is  to  be  only  six 
feet  wide,  and  the  appearance  of  the  trees  when  set  in 
the  park  row  will  be  advanoed  a  hundred  per  oent.  I 
wanted  him' to-'ad'  me  whether  or  not  he  wished  me  to 
go  ahead  and  look  after  the  work  of  putting  in  his  side¬ 
walks  and  curb  at  the  same  time  the  other  property  owners 
had  their  oonstruoted. 

I  Juat  returned  from  Ur.  Edison's  place  this 
morning  after  looking  over  things  very  carefully  and  I 
am  preparing  to  have  the  trees  sprayed  and  fertilised . 
Please  Bay  to  him  that  there  is  a  very  good  orop  of 
fruht  showing  up  on  the  trees  this  year. 

ip  erty  owner  a  vhave  their 

Mr.  Thomas  A  Edison , 

Orange ,  IT.  J.' 

Dear  Dir:  ' 

Replying  to  your  inquiry  of  the  9th  inst . , 
tho  Heitraan-Evans  aocounts  yon  refer  to  have  not  been 
paid  hy  us  hut  we  will  arrange  to  settle  them  immediately 
and  charge  them  to  yon  in  our  next  hill. 

Very  truly  yours, 

The  H.  E.  Heitnan  Co, 

j^j  Sep.  <1$,  1912. 

M0tv  No  doubt  you  saw  1  in  the  market 
copy  bf  the  JprtjM $hi5u?%£22,  which  I  mailed 
you,  a  noticel'  foreclosure  of  the 
mortgage  held'  by  the  Hj 

I  was  not  conSulte'd  pp<for  to  the 
beginning  of  these  proceedings^  The  lease 
to  the  land  is  made  out  tcgstfe  outright. 

I  have  carried  on  the  Hp<el  as  if  the  lease 
had  been  transferred^Co  the  Company,  I  keep¬ 
ing  up  all  obligations,  as  there  has  not  been 
any  funds  in  thd^treasury,  also  keeping  up 
the  property  as  well  as  1  could. 

Outside  of  the  mortgage  and  inter¬ 
est  and  a  note  to  finish  building  the  house, 
carried  by  me,  now  amounting  to  about  $950.00. 
X  have  taken  care  of  the  property. 

X  would  like  to  have  your  advice  and 
opinion.  You  all  have  been  kind  to  me  and  I 
do  not  wish  to  do  any  thing  rash  or  dishon¬ 
orable  . 

Yours  very  truly, 


Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

.  .  Orange,  H.  Y. 

Replying  to  yonr  letter  of  reoent  date  it 
win  1  he  perfectly  satisfactory  to  inolude  the  hills  of 
the  Heitraan-Evans  Company  in  our  monthly  statements  to 
you  and  we  have  today  instructed  Hr.  Evans  to  that  effect 




Hov.  20,  1912. 

My  clear  Madam: 

Your  letter  of  a  few  days  since  received  and 
I  was  very  glad  indeed  to  hear  from  you.  I  went  over  your 
place-  very  carefully  last  week  and  found  everything  in 
good  condition.  There  is  a  nice  crop  of  fruit  on  the 
trees ,  all  the  plants  and  shrubs  are  looking  well , 

Zeeman  has  just  planted  a  garden  for  you  and  I  think 
you  will  he-jpleased  with  the  condition  of  'everything 
whan  you  reach  here. 

Iihad  Zeeman  send  you  a  box  of  oranges  and 
one  of  grapefruit  yesterday,  hoping  it  would  reach  you 
in  time  for  Thanksgiving.  I  will  be  glad  to  sand  you 
fruit  right  along  now  if  you  deBire  it.  If  so  kindly 
advise  me  how  much  to  send  each  week  and  I  will  see  that 
shipments  are  made  promptly.  There  are  Borne  very  nice 
lemons  on  the  place  and  it  ocourred  to  me  that  you  might 
like  some  of  them.  I  did  not  send  you  any  guavaB  or 
mangoes  this  summer  beoause  the  guavas  are  such  poor 
shippers  and  there  were  not  two  dozen  mangoes  on  all 
your  trees.  The  mangoe  crop  throughout  this  section 
was  a  complete  failure  this  year. 

I  suppose  Zeeman  advised  you  that  the  cow  died 
about  a  couple  of  months  ago.  I  think  the  cause  of  her 
death  was  a  snake  bite.  If  you  will  advise  me  about 
what  time  you  expect  to  reach  here  I  will  arrange  to 
have  another  first-olass  cow  for  you  by  that  time. 

Yes ,  I  regretted  very  much  my  inability  to 
visit  you  with  Captain  Menge  this  summer ,  but  I  was 
called  by  wire  to  Mrs.  Terry's  bediide  during  her 
illness  and  my  time  was  so  limited  that  I  had  to 
return  to  Fort  Myers  immediately  after  I  had  left  there. 

ITo  doubt  you  will  be  suprised  to  learn  that  Hr.  Flowerree 
is  in  a  very  critical* condition  and  the  doctors  think 
there  is  very  little  hope  of  his  recovery.  Mrs.  Flowerree 
is  with  him  now  in  Atlanta,  Ga. ,  where  he  iB  under  the 
care  of  Dr.  Block. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Glenmont  (E-12-46) 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Halogen  Products  Company  (E-12-47) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  Halogen  Products  Co.,  which  was  jointly  owned  by  Edison,  Frank  L.  Dyer, 
and  Jonas  W.  Aylsworth.  Included  are  items  concerning  the  company's 
financial  obligation  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  and  a  report  of  activities  during 
the  period  May-September  1912. 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  routine  correspondence  by  Clarence  Churchill, 
treasurer  of  the  Halogen  Products  Co. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Jnc. 

Oran^e,N.  J.JJ.S.A. 

Edison  Phonographs  and  Records 
Edison  Primary  Batteries 
Edison  Kinetoscopes  andMotion  Picture  Films 
Edison  Business  Phonographs 

Orange,  N.J.,  Jan,  3,  1913. 

Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson, 

Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Mr.  Wilson:- 

Mr.  Edison  has  agreed  that  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Inc.  shall  finance  the  Halogen  products  Company  up  to  the  sum 
of  510,000. ,  and  you  are  hereby  authorized  to  approve  of  such 
advances  to  the  Halogen  Products  Company  up  to  $10,000.,  as 
requested  by  Mr.  Ghurohill  when  approved  by  Mr.  H.  F.  Miller. 

The  Halogen  Products  Company  are  to  bill  their  pro¬ 
duct  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  at  coot,  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 
to  credit  the  Halogen  Company  with  15$  profit  on  the  cost 
price  until  such  profits  amount  to  the. $10,000.  advanced. 
After  the  $10,000.  advanced  has  been  thus  liquidated  by  the 
15$  profit  credited,  the  Halogen  Company  are  to  bill  to 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  at  cost  and  15$. 

Until,  the  $10,000.  loan  is  v/iped  out,  all  orders 
from  the  affiliated  Edison  Companies  are  to  go  through 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  and  all  such  purchases  are  to  be. 
billed  to  the  various  companies  by  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  at 
cost,  plus  15$. 


#3  -  Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson. 

After  the  $10,000.  is  paid  up,  each  company  will 
place  its  ovm  orders  to  be  billed  by  the  Halogen  Products 
Company  direct  at  cost,  plus  15$. 

Very  trjily  yours,  ! 

we  — „  '> 

President.  A 


Supplementing  Mr-  Dyer's  letter  of  the  3rd, 
regarding  the  arrangement  entered  into  between  the 
various  Edison  affiliated  companies  and  the  Halogen  Products 
Co.,  I  have  to  advise  that  we  have  made  a  contract  for  the 
manufacture  of  the  product,  of  ohloro -naphthalene  waxes , 
and  that  we  are  now  taking  steps  toward  its  manufacture. 

I  should  say  that  the  earliest  possible  date  that  the 
Halogen  Company  would  he  in  position  to  supply  the  wax 
would  be  April  1st,  but  I  will  keep  you  advised  from  time 
to.  time  as  to  progress  so  that  you  may  know  when  to 
expect  the  Halogen  Company  to  supply  their  product. 

CC/IWW  c.  0. 

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Mr.  Edison: 

The  attached  report  on  the  Haloge^  Ero duo ts  Co. 
was  prepared  largely  from  inf ormatiori  jjeoeiv}$ 'f-rom  Mr. 
Aylsworth.  The  UBual  difficulties  dlrTthe  starting  of  a 
new  enterprise  have  teen  encountered  hy  us. 

The  outlook  seems  to  he  very  favorable,  hut  if  we 
did  not  sell  anything  at  ali  aside  from  what  we  make  for  our 
own  use  I  believe  the  expense  will  he  ultimately  justified. 

The  arrangement  made  with  you  oalled  for  an  advanoe 
of  §10,000,  which  was  to  be  repaid  out  of  the  profits  based 
on  a  15$  margin.  This  money  haB  now  been  spent  and  we  have 
on  hand  plenty  of  raw  material.  We  will  need  some  money, 
however,  to  carry  on  the  operation,  the  pay-roll  being 
about  §300  per  month.  _  Are  you  willing  that  this  additional 
expense  should  be  assumed  and  carried  along  with  the  money 

already  advanoed,  to  be  repaid  in  the  same  way?  _ * 

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2184B  September  16,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison: 


The  machinery  arrived  in  Wyandotte  in  the  early 
part  of  May,  at  which  time  Mr.  Lancaster  and  the  two  men  who 
had  assisted  him  here  were  sent  out  to  make  the  installation. 
The  Superintendent  of  the  Pennsylvania  Salt  Hfg.  Co.  being 
absent  for  the  ensuing  two  months,  our  men  were  able  to  get 
very  little  assistance  from  the  Salt  Company  in  the  installa¬ 
tion.  A  delay  occurred  in  the  erection  by  the  Salt  Company 
of  the  HOI  absorbing  and  ventilating  outfit  owing  to  delay 
in  delivery  of  the  stone -ware  and  the  faot  that  a  partial 
break-down  of  the  Salt  Company's  plant  required  the  entire 
attention  of  their  construction  men. 

As  all  the  details  necessary  for  the  supplying  of 
chlorine  gas  by  the  Salt  Company  had  not  been  completed  when 
the  Halogen  plant  was  ready  to  start  up  on  August  10th,  they 
made  use  of  oylinder  chlorine. 

Since  starting,  it  haB  been  found  that  the  l/2  H.P. 
motor  is  not  capable  of  driving  both  pump  and' dryer.  This 
motor  was  expeoted  originally  to  drive  only  the  pump,  but 
afterwards  we  thought  we  would  see  if  it  would  drive  the 
dryer  also  in  conjunction  with  the  pump.  A3  H.P.  motor 
will  now  be  substituted  for  the  above. 

The  ohlorinating  pots  were  built  with  a  one-piece 
ooil  for  steam,  placed  inBide  the  pots,  having  no  connections 



inside,  which  was  thought  to  he  the  best  method  of  heating. 
Since  operations  were  started,  several  of  these  ooils  opened 
at  the  seams  by  the  bending  when  100  lbs.  of  steam  was  turned 
on  and  leaked  steam  inside  the  system,  forcing  us  to  shut 
down;  to  preclude  any  further  trouble  of  this  nature,  which 
might  cause  serious  corrosion  of  the  whole  apparatus,  it  was 
deoided  to  remove  these  inside  ooils  and  place  ooils  outside 
the  pots. 

Much  trouble  was  experienced  by  the  naphthalene 
sublimating  and  stopping  the  pipes  at  the  end  of  the  system, 
which  is  due  to  running  in  series,  the  last  pot  in  the 
series  not  getting  enough  chlorine  to  make  it  liquid.  This 
trouble  forced  us  to  shut  down  many  times.  To.  overcome  this 
we  will  reduce  the  number  of  pots  in  the  series,  so  that 
with  the  maximum  flow  of  chlorine,  Mono  will  be  found  in  the 
last  one  being  operated,  the  very  last  pot  being  kept  full 
of  Mono  for  the  purpose  of  absorbing  the  sublimates  from  the 
preceding  pots. 

Production  thus  far  is  300  lbs.  of  Penta-chloro- 
phenol  and  340  lbs.  of  Hexa-Chloro-naphthalene . 

Orders  have  been  given  to  oease  the  chlorination 
of  Phenol  until  further  notice. 

\7e  have  on  order  the  following  if 


2000  lbs.  of  Hexa  for  the  Walpole  Rubber  Company 
1000  "  "  Mono  "  Condonsito  Company 

6000  "  "  Mono  "  Edison.  Company. 

The  Western  Electric  Co.  have  oompleted  tests  in 


the  laboratory  and  have  given  us  to  understand  that  for  the 
uses  already  established  they  will  use  about  400  lbs.  daily 
of  DiBtilled  Tetra. 

She  Fire  Fighting  Apparatus  Co.  have  tested  out 
large  samples  of  Hexa  and  are  eager  to  get  it  in  large 

I he  General  Electric  Co.  will  undoubtedly  use 
Oxidized  Ho.  4  in  large  quantities  by  the  time  we  are  in  a 
position  to  furnish  it.  They  are  also  trying  out  the  Mono 
for  transformer  oil,  which  has  a  dielectric  strength  of 
60,000  volts  with  200  mills  separation  of  eleotrodes. 

Among  other  prospects  we  would  include  the  Walpole 
Rubber  Co.,  who  are  now  awaiting  delivery  of  the  2000  lbs. 
of  Hexa  whioh  they  have  on  order,  which  we  consider  prelimi¬ 
nary  to  future  orders  in  carload  lots.  Boston, Rubber  Shoe 

Co.  have  ordered  50  lbs.  for. experiment. 


.Stock  sold  for  cash  §  400.00 

T.  A-  E.,  Inc. .  loan  a/°  10,000.00 

Interest  S>  Discount  8,69 

Machinery  &  Installation  $6,163.81 

Material  '  .  y  .  1,602.59 

General  Expense  2,562.67  ,, 

Acoounts  Receivable 

Cash  in  Bank  §10.408.69  §10,408.69. 

The  item  of  §1,602.59  for  material  represents  the 
payment  for. two  carloads  of  naphthalene.  Our  first  order  for 
:  a  oarload  from  london  being  unduly  delayed  by  the  dook  strikes 



we  deemed  it  advisable  to'buy  a  oarload  from  the  Barrett  Mfg 
Co.,  that  we  might  not  he  delayed  for  lack  of  raw  material. 
Hone  of  this  naphthalene  haB  as  yet  been  manufactured  into 
Halowax  and  hilled  out,  and  if  sold  as  a  finished  product 
-at  13/5  per  pound  will  bring  in  about  §15,600.00.  The  chlo¬ 
rine  necessary  to  ohlorinate  these  two  oarloads  of  naphtha¬ 
lene  will  cost  about  §3,400.00. 

We  cannot  foresee  any  extra  expense  when  the 
present  neoessary  alterations  to  the  equipment  are  com¬ 

The  monthly  pay-roll  for  labor  is  about  §300.00, 
and  it  seems  conservative  to  estimate  that  in  a  very  short 
time  the  oomp any  will  be  able  to  support  itBelf  by  itB 
own  operations. 

I*.  1.  D. 


As  of  Sept.  6,  1912. 

patents,  $30,000.00 

Treasury  Stock, 


Cash  in  Bank 


Office  Expenses 

52.40  S 


962.60  / 


4;; 685. 63  O 

.  Legal 

193.50  \/ 


1.50  / 


Insurance  os  faxes 

■  154.90  ✓ 

xj(l  Labor 



12.15  V 


1,560.03  7k 

Building  Expenses  .Yfyandt 

.  226.99  / 


'  68.36  0 

i  it1  installation 

361.81  *?' 


421.66  ✓ 

Sample  a/o 

518.02  v' 

i  Phono 1 

42.56  * 

■■  furniture  . 

25.06  O  / 

]  Acots.  Heooi'yahle 

5.60  f 

j  .  Capital  Acct. 

"  II! 

ji-  T.  A.  E.  Inc.  Loan  aoot. 

License  (Chadeloid  Chemical  Co.) 





Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Health  and  Diet  (E-12-48) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison's  health  and  dietary  habits.  Among  the  documents  for  1 91 2  are  letters 
discussing  the  influence  on  Edison's  diet  of  Luigi  Cornaro,  a  sixteenth-century 
Venetian  author,  architect,  and  humanist.  Also  included  is  a  letter  from 
Charles  R.  Huntley,  treasurer  of  the  Buffalo  and  Niagara  Falls  Electric  Light 
and  Power  Co. 

Approximately  5  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  selected:  unsolicited 
circulars,  pamphlets,  and  newspaper  clippings;  letters  attributing  erroneous 
information  about  Edison's  health  or  diet;  and  correspondence  receiving  no 
reply  from  Edison. 

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less  sincoreT^I^e^e^}  _to  you  my  hearty  congratulu- 

do  a  good  deal  for  us;  and  I  note^ 
abstemious  in  quantity  of  food.  j 
that  conclusion  myself,  lrat  I  did  r 
the  heavy  hand  of  Mature  asserted  i 

and  I  note  Jmat  you  are  being 

me  out  for  the  better  part  of  two  yWrs . 
on  the  water  wagon,  and  find  that  abstaininj 
extraordinary  amount  of  food  is  productive  c 
better  condition  of  things  that  evor  before 

are  putting  up,  which  i 

i  doubt  will  interest 

.o  we  cannot  aspire  to  the  proportioi 
•  good  friend  Instill' s  splendid  de¬ 

ment,  we  are  in  a  growing  condition;  at  let 
so  then  when  you  first  knew  of  Buffalo  and  j 

problem  of  the  utilizatii 

of  Niagara. 

7/e  are  going  to  have  quite  a  building.  It 
will  he  illuminated  well,  and,  I  think,  scientifically. 
V/o  shall  eliminate  the  vehicle  and  simply  show  the 
featxire.  The  top  is  so  designed  that  we  shall  have 
three  36"  projectors  on  a  rotating  platform.  ./lien 
looking  our  way  some  night  don't  confound  us  with  the 
Aurora  Borealis. 

let  mo  congratulate  you  upon  your  good 
health  and  the  years  that  you  have  given  to  mankind, 
and  with  the  hope  that  in  the  years  that  are  left  to 
us  I  may  have  the  pleasure  of  having  your  hand  in 
mind  more  often  than  I  have  had  in  the  last  five  years. 

I  am,  with  much  respect, 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 


,  February  19,  1912, 

Dear  Sii  ,  ^  many  days  ag0  j  reatl  a  Vei*y  Interesting  article  giving  sojrfe 
information  about'  the  dietetic  habits  of  yourself  and  your  ancestorsyrtating 
that  al]  of  von  are  disciples  of  Carnaro,tlie  weakling  who  thfcoughan  absteniios 
habit  became"  so  old.  ir  this  is  true  I  wish  you  to  give  me  sonie^rfartlculars 
that  I  may  use  them  in  the  lectures  which  I  give  my  classes^ 

All  I  want  to  know  is  how  much  your  father  ate.whatlre  ate,  and  how  he 
ate:  the  same  about  yourself.  / ,  . 

If  you  will  give  your  example  and  your  reasons  tor  this  generation  it 
will  do  as  much  good  as  any  of  your  inventions.  / 

Can  you  give  me  the  names  of  some  books  thatywill  help?  I  have  Carnaro  s 
book.  I  know  you  are  busy, but  you  can  also  be  kipd, and  to^ teach  the  truth 
that  helps  is  the  greatest  kindness.  Help  o' 

Yours  truly,  / 

D.  L.  Earnest. 

s  tea<$h,  and  oblige 

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I  have  read  with  great  interop  the  artidle  in  the)  Hone  Journal  for 
February,  which  described  your  plan  of  dieting,  or  rather  limitintyourself  to  an  aver¬ 
age  of  4  ounoes  of  solid  food  ..each  meal.  There  is  one  question  which  arises  in  my  mind 
regarding  the  method  of  weighing  the  food,  and  possibly  you  will  be  kind  enough  to  in¬ 
form  me  just  how  you  manage  it.  The  question  is  this!  When  do  you  weigh  such  foods  aB 
oatmeal  porridge,  boiled  rice;  beans,  and  other  foods  similarly  prepared,  the  food  in 
the  cooking  absorbing  a-.large.  amount  of  water?  .  An  ounce  of  these  foods  in  a  dry  state 
becomes  several  ounoes  when  oooked.  Do  you  weigh  them  before  or  after  cooking? 

Again;  Do  you  oonsider  such  foods  as  apples,  fruits  of  all' sorts,  cabbage 
and  other  wqtery  vegetables  as  included  under  the  head  of  'solid  food'?  If  bo,  then  to 
be  properly  nourished  must  not  a  person  practioally  exclude  suoh,foodB  from  his  dietary? 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  the  oouttesy  of  a  prompt  reply,  I  am  , 

Very  reopeotfully. 

.  North  Topeka  Station, 

Topeka,  Kansas,  F.  0. 

Clr  6 

North  Topeka,  Kansas. 

.  • 

J’  137  So  3d  Street  San  Jose  Cal.,  4/j^ 

Professor  Thomas  A.  Edison 
West  Orange  N.J. 

Dear  Sir  and  Comrade!-  *  V 

The  writer  of  this  mwssage,  now  in  his  6Sth  year,  is  also  / 
named  Thomas,  and  deeply  interested  in  the  contents  of  the  en-  / 
dosed  clipping.  Kindly  state  in  reply::--  v  \ 

1.1b  it  true  that  you  average  only  hours  of  sleep  in^evi-  j 
ery  24  hours?  \a~o - 

2.  How  much  time  do  you  devote  to  actual  work— technically 
so  oalled,  eaoh  day?  I 

3.  How  much  time  do  you  devote  to  the  eating  of^a  meal?  -^“How 
many' meals  a  day?  /d  T*  ^ 

4.  Are  you  rigidly  vegetarian? 

5.  What  is  your  principal  diet?  »j» 

6.  Are  you  a  "teetotaller"?  i.e.  Do  you  absolutely  and  rigid- 
ly  exclude  alcohol  in  all  its  forms?  vw»'  ^ 

7.  Do  you  rigidly  exclude  tea,  coffee  and  similar  beverages? 

8.  Finally:— Any  information  additional  to  the  above  and  of 

vitally  kindred' character,  will  be  very  greatly  appreciated 

by  a  comrade  brim  full  of  ambition  and  who  has  fought  with  almost 
superhuman  effort  from  time  to  time  for  more  than  40  years, the  un- 
weloome  yet  very  persistent  symptom, "tuberculosis". 

A  prompt  reply  to  the  above  questions  would  be- greatly '  osr.  - 
t-aemediby  iae,  d^iuthis  time. 
jx  1  Tour3  in  faith,  hope  and 

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Hew  Jtorisrdty./'.  jwtu 

c^r***-  s  /,vcv<  QjLe.-viA^»Mj  l'  V 

Dear  Sir:-  ^ 

^  This  morning  I  mailed  you  a  postal  ... 

oara,  1  should  have  enclosed  a  two'  cent  /stamp  for  reply -.jW  wv 

^■t‘>°ffhat  I  referred  ^^jg^^heC^i^fai'  oap 

herewith  find  same. 

Graoe  Churoh,  Brooklyn,  Ov 

_  Edison^ 

•©§* _ 

’’jiving^to  he'  *  . 

was  that  I  heard  Dr.  Kidder 

Se  4th.  Ave.,  in  whioh  he  referred  in  his„sermon,.to 
ouu,  VUU9f'f**'*"<t  1  <SCfcj&-  Ct  fS1 
Family  for  a  oentury  haok  hging  a  ^Afj^livea^ opl< 

over  one  hundred  yktt^Md’^PyiThat  excited  my  ooujdjbusty  was 
your  Bill  of  Fare,  ana  what  you  eat,  drink,  etc.,  daily,  of  whi^h^’ 
X  would  he  pleased  to  hear  from  you  as  to  your  mode  of  living 
Awaiting  your  reply,  I  am, 

YourB  respectfully. 

#353  -  77th. St .  Bay  Biage,  H.Y. 



so  will  you  kindly  tell  me  where  I  can 
ascertain  the  results. 

Thanking  you  in  advance,  I  am. 
Yours  very  truly. 

of  C d ■ 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  EdVson, 

Orange,  N.  J.  ^  / 

My  dear  Mr.  EdijJbns-  rf*' 

<\  o^ln  "MeddfSal  El«$- 
tricity",  hy  II.  Lewis  Jone^ACJSt^ 

lartliolomew's  Hospitdd^tffiondop-, 
)age  305  is  the  f  ollowinYstati 
Edison  in  1890 

gouty  tissues.  Can  you  tell  me  if 
any  paper  or  report  has  be^n  written 
hy  you  in  reference  to  tfcLs,  and  if  so, 
when  and  where.  Also  if \any  further 
experimentation  has  been  done,  and  if 




UO< «.‘ 

Ave.,  Chicago,  Illjv. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Menlo  Park, 

Dear  Sir:- 

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youar  f£ 

I  have  for  years  understood  that  you  and  youEyfam- 
hours  l 

ily  sleep  but  fouryi^  daily  and  I  presume  it  is  so.  A  few  days 

ago  X  read  in  a  magazine  that  you  and  your  family  adhered 
strictly  to  the  Italian  Louis  Cornaro's  plan  of  talcing  but 
twelve  ounces  of  food  daily.  Is  this  true  or  any  near  true. 

X  am  not  asking  this  question  out  of  idle  curious- 

ity  but  because  I  am  seriously  considering  trying  the  same 
identical  diet  scheme.  The  shortest  possible  answer  would  be 
appreciated  as  I  realize  that  you  are  a  busy  man  for  20  hours 
if  my  information  is  correct,  a  confirmation  yes  or  no  of 
the  first  sentence  and  an  affirmation  or  denial  of  the  question 
in  my  second  sontenco  upon  this  paper  would  be  perfectly  sat¬ 
isfactory  and  very  thankfully  received  . 





My  dear  Sir:-  / 

Sometime  siiice  X  rend  in  a  journal 
the  name  of  v/hioh  I  have  forgotten  a  statement 
written  by  you  or  abfcut  you  referring  to  your 
habits  of  diet  and  Hours  of  sleep.  In  this 
article  reference  s  made  to  a  book  treating 
on  habits  of  life  end  diet.  X  have  forgotten 
altogether  the  name-of— sire  book  or  publishers. 

I  am  wondering  if  you  would  be  so  kind  as  to 
inform  me  the  name  of  the  book  and  where  it 
may  be  gotten.  It  runs  in  my  mind  that  the 
book  was  published  in  Milwaukee. 

Trusting  that  you  will  thus  favor  me 
and  beging  your  pardon  for  asking  such  a  trifling 
thing,  I  am, 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Insurance  [not  selected]  (E-12-49) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
personal  and  property  insurance.  Among  the  items  for  1912  are  letters 
relatinq  to  routine  adjustments  and  amendments  in  Edison  s  insurance 
policies  and  to  the  inspection  of  boilers  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Invitations  [not  selected]  (E-12-50) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
banquets,  luncheons,  lectures,  and  special  events  to  which  Edison  was 
invited  but  did  not  attend. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Lectures  [not  selected]  (E-12-51) 

This  folder  contains  requests  for  Edison  to  deliver  lectures  Among  the 
correspondents  for  1912  are  H.  R.  Hitchcock,  Jr.,  of  the  Harvard  Union. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Legal  -  General  (E-12-52) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  administration  of  legal  matters.  Among  the  items  for  1912  are  letters 
pertaining  to  the  estate  of  John  Kruesi,  for  which  Edison  and  Samuel  Insull 
served  as  executors  and  trustees.  Other  documents  relate  to  a  suit  against 
the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  brought  by  Madeline  J.  Winckler.  There  is  also 
correspondence  with  attorney  Frederick  P.  Fish  of  Boston,  along  with  one 
item  concerning  the  appointment  of  Delos  Holden  as  general  counsel  for 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  and  the  Bates 
Manufacturing  Co. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  of  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment 
pertaining  to  payments  and  the  filing  of  legal  documents. 

Additional  items  regarding  the  settlement  of  the  Kruesi  estate  can  be 
found  in  the  Richard  W.  Kellow  File,  Final  Decree  --  Estate  of  John  Kruesi 
(1912)  [env.  118]  (Legal  Series). 

30'&Uttc4'C$hSie£<l CORTLANDT  BUILDING) 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 
Dear  Mr.  Edisons- 

He  Kruesi  Estate.  As  you  will  see  from 
your  copy  of  the  final  decree  in  this  estate,  bank  interest 
was  distributed  to  and  including  the  12th  day  of  January 
1912.  Between  that  date  and  the  signing  and  cashing  in  of 
the  checks,  interest  was  credited  and  allowed  by  the  farmers' 
loan  *  ,mt  Comfnsr  in  th.  amount  or  $85.36.  Moled  nor.nltl. 
la  carbon  oJ  a  to  Hr.  In.ull  «lth  nhloli  X  aont  Mm  tbe 
enclosed  distribution  checks. 

Enclosed  herewith  is  also  my  original  affidavit 
referred  to  in  my  letter  to  Mr.  Instill.  I  would  like  to 
have  this  returned  to  me. 

P.  S.  I  would  like  to  have  these 
together  with  the  affidavit. 

JCR/AKM.  107  (Enc.) 


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orange,  N.J.  March  35,  1913 

E.  J.  Berggren,  Esq., 


Dear  Sir: 

I  hand  you  herewith,  for  your  filea,  the 
release  of  Madeline  J.  Winckler  to  Edison  Manufacturing 
CompaWjfr  whioh  was  made  in  consideration  of  $400.  paid 
to  her  attorney.  The  attorney  evidently  retained  $50. 
and  the  amount  set  forth  in  the  release  1b  $350. 

p  suit  of  Winckler  against  Edison  Manufac¬ 
turing  Compai  ^has  been  dismissed  by  oonBent. 

Very  truly  yours, , 


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actmn,  Saits,  Je/td,  damSo/money,  account*,  ucAontnyd,  Jen  ots,  /(/As, 
d/iecui/tieS,  covenants,  contacts,  contioveldied,  ayieementd, /Uemtded,  laUanuo, 
tleJ/iaSScS,  e/aniayed,yue/yments,  extents,  executiondj^/awyinJe/tmam/smAat 

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Tflaafle  note  that  Mr.  EAloon  hoe  fleolde& 
that  Hr.  Delos  Holden  atoll  not  no  General  Cornual  to  ell  mat¬ 
ters  relating  to  Thome a  a.  Baison,  too. ,  BAinon  Monograph 
Woxto  ana  totoa  7Kg-  Oo.  ton  win  therefore  Plense  refer  nil 
legal  or  patent  matters  oonoemtog  yonr  department  to  him. 


0.  H.  Wilson. 




Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq, 
Orange , 

New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:  i) r  rj*  I 

A  matter  has  arisen  in  one  of  my  cases  as  to  which  II 
should  like  very  much  to  have  the  privilege  of  talking  with  yov\- 
for  15  or  20  minutes.  Will  you  let  me  come  to  see  you  at  Orange 
or  do  you  happen  to  have  regular  days  in  New  York  on  which  I 
might  hit  you  over  there? 

With  warm  regards,  I  remain, 

Very  truly  yours, 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 


New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  shall  be  in  New  York  on  Tuesday  and  should  like  to 
come  over  to  talk  v/ith  you  for  about  half  an  hour  in  accordance 
with  your  kind  response  to  ray  former  letter.  Will  you  write 
or  telegraph  me  upon  receipt  of  this  at  what  hour  it  would  be 
most  convenient  for  you  to  see  me?  I  could  come  very  early  in 
the  morning  if  that  would  be  agreeable  to  you. 

Very  truly  yours , 



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December  21,  1912. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  receive  your  telegram.  I  will  call  on  you  in 
Orange  next  Tuesday,  as  soon  as  possible  after  9  o'clock. 

Very  truly  yours 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 


Dec.  26,  19X2. 

P.  P.  Pish,  Esq., 

84  State  Street, 

Boston,  Bass. 

Dear  Kr.  Fish:- 

Since  your  visit  here  on  Tuesday  of  this 
■week,  I  am  advised  By  our  Legal  Department  that  it  would 
Be  very  much  .against  our  interest  for  me  to  testify  as 
you  requested,  tfhile  I  am  sorry  to  disappoint  you,  it 
will  Be  necessary  for  you  to  excuse  me  in  the  circumg 

This  explains  my  telegram  of  this  date. 
Yours  very  truly, 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Legal  -  Litigation  (E-12-53) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
legal  cases  involving  Edison  or  companies  in  which  he  had  an  interest. 
Included  are  items  pertaining  to  a  subpoena  for  Edison’s  testimony  in  the 
case  of  James  H.  White  and  John  R.  Schermerhorn  v.  Percival  Walters. 
White  and  Schermerhorn  were  employees  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co. 
who,  along  with  Waters,  had  been  associated  with  the  Kinetograph  Co., 
exhibitors  of  Edison's  films.  The  case  was  initiated  in  the  New  York  Supreme 
Court  for  the  County  of  New  York  in  January  1909  and  involved  kickbacks  and 
conflicts  of  interest. 

Only  three  items  have  been  selected.  The  unselected  material  consists 
of  duplicates  and  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment  concerning  other 
matters  of  litigation. 

Trial  T'erm,  Part  XXV.  of  the  Supreme  Court  for  New  York 
County  at  10:30  a.m.  on  Monday,  December  23rd, 1912,  before 
Hon.  Vernon  M.  Davis,  Justice  of  the  Supreme  Court,  in  the 
case  of  White  et  al.  vs.  Waters  pending  in  that  Court;. 

Inasmuch  as  you  are  in  New  Jersey,  it  is,  of  course, 
impossible  for  me  to  make  formal  service  of  subpoena  upon 
you.  If  you  will  attend  on  Monday  before  Judge  Davis  in 
accordance  with  the  subpoena,  I  Bhall  be  extremely  glad  to 
pay  you  your  fees  and  will  be  glad  to  see  you  there. 


Yours  respectfully. 






WE  COMMAS!)  YOU,  that  all  and  singular  business  and  excuses, 
heinf?  lnld  aside,  you  and  eaoh  of  you  appear  and  attend 
before  HOH.  VERHOH  If,  DAVIS,  one  of  the  Justices  of  our 
Supreme  Court, '  at  a  Special  Term,  Part  III.  thereof  to  he 
held  in  and  for  the  County  of  Hew  York  at  the  room  of  Trial 
Term,  Part.  XIV,  in  the  County  Court  Houae  in  the  City  and 
County  of  Hew. York,  on  Monday,  the  33rd  day  of  December, 

1913,  at  10:30  o'clock  in  the  forenoon,  to  testify  and  give 
evidenco  in  a  certain  action  now  pending  in  the  Supreme 
Court,  hetweon  James  H.  White  and  John  R.  Schermerhorn, 
plaintiffs,  and  Peroival  i.  Waters,  Defendant,  and  in  which 
evidence  of  the  parties' is  then'  and  there  to  be. taken,  on 
the  part  of  the  plaintiff BJ  and  for  a  failure  to  attend  you 
will  be  deemed  guilty  of  a  contempt  of  Court,  and  liable  to 
pay  all  loss  and  damages  sustained  thereby  to  the  party 
aggrieved,  and  forfeit  Fifty  Dollars  in  addition  thereto. 

WITHESS,  Honorable  VERHOH  If;  , DAVIS,  one  of  the 
Justioes  of  our  said  Supreme  Court,  at  the  Court  Houbo  in  the 
City  and  County  of  Hew  York,  the  7th  day  of 
the  year  one  thousand  nine  hundred  and  twelve.  , \ 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Menlo  Park  (E-12-54) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  pertaining  to  Edison's  former 
laboratory  in  Menlo  Park,  New  Jersey,  and  to  real  estate  matters  in  that 
vicinity.  Included  is  a  letter  from  George  F.  Morrison  of  the  General  Electric 
Co.  expressing  an  interest  in  preserving  the  "the  small  building  at  Menlo  Park 
in  which  the  first  commercial  incandescent  light  was  made." 

Approximately  80  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  unsolicited  correspondence  concerning  the 
sale  or  purchase  of  real  estate. 



to  get  together  a  complete  history  of  the  development  of  the  incand¬ 
escent  lamp,  and  in  connection  with  this  it  occurs  to  mo  that  the 
small  building  at  Menlo  Park  in  which  the  first  commercial  incandes¬ 
cent  lamp  was  made  should  he  preserved. 

I  understand  that  this  house  is  still  your  property 
and  that  you  are  quite  willing  to  lot  us  have  it.  Will  you  he  kind 
enough  to  send  me  a  letter  or  an  order  that  will  enable  me  to  get 
possession  of  the  house  in  order  that  it  may  he  preserved  for  the  above 

Yours  very  truly. 

Manager,  lamp  Works. 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Miner's  Safety  Lamp  (E-12-55) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  concerning  the  technical  and 
commercial  development  of  Edison's  battery-powered  safety  lamp  and  its 
attachment  to  headgear  for  a  portable,  hands-free  light  source.  The 
correspondents  include  N.  J.  Richards,  vice  president  and  general  manager 
of  the  Philadelphia  &  Reading  Coal  &  Iron  Co.,  one  of  the  first  companies  to 
test  Edison's  safety  lamps.  Also  included  are  interoffice  communications  by 
Edison  associate  H.  H.  Meno  Kammerhoff  regarding  the  shipment  of  lamps, 
patent  applications,  and  other  matters  and  a  communication  by  employee 
Arthur  Mudd  relating  to  the  "cost  of  experimental  work  on  miniature  cell  for 
police  and  miners." 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 

Mr.  RobinBOn  of .  the,- Banner  Safety  Lamp  Company, 
has  been  out  several  times'- bn  .the  matter  of  getting  the 
Baraple  batterios  for  use  with  sample  lamps  which  he'  wished 
to  submit  for  test  at  Sandy,  Hook. 

The  Government  is. going  to  order  about  5,000  of 
these  lamps,  for  use  in  all  the  magazines,  etc. 

The  order  is  .going  to  be  £laoed  in  February,  and 
Robinson  has  been  very 'anxious  to  $et.  one  lamp  equipped,  with 
Edison  Battery,  to  submit  for  teat. 

When  the  lamps  oame  ou't,- they  were  not  satis¬ 
factory,  .but  I  thought,  by  Bp  ending. a  little  effort  on  them, 
we  could  get  them  into  shape .  They  are  made  so  unsatisfactorily, 
however,  that  it  would  throwing  away  ij'lrae  to  try  to 
doctor  them  up.  I  telephoned  this  to  Robinson  Monday.,,;, and, 
he  oame  out.  I  showed  him  the  deficiencies,  and  told, him,. 

. I  would  submit  the  matter  to  you,  before  giving  him  a  final 
answer.  Aa  .you  were  tied  up  yesterday,  I  did  not  want  to  , 
bo  ther  you,  so 'telephoned  him' that  we  could  not  put  the  ... 
battery'  in  his 'lamp)  foi‘?jEhe'  reasons,  specified.0 

.....  I!-wonder  if  ‘  it'  wfiuld  be  possible  for 'us'ito  getfa 

iatnp.'Sf  our  own,  to  submit ,f or  test?  The  specifications 
state'thatNthe'  oompleta^lan€ern,:must-  notTwpigh.-over  five  v 
pounds.  I  am  afraid  we  .will  be  .ubable  •  to  oome  within  the  .  .  ..^ 

limit.  Robinson's  lightly  constructed  lantern,  with  two  .oft  . 

if  our  7-1/2  ampare-hourloeilsj  weighfe'five  ^pounds ‘-seven 

buncesv  1 

If  you' think1 we’ bafr* get  ready  In  time  to  •. submit 
one  •  Of '  our  iantejspoi  l:>.ili  ‘try  ’tb  -h-we  thsJ  ajjepifioationi 
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Hot-  2nd ,  1912 

Mr.  Brady:- 

The  following  oases  are  to  he  sent  hy  express  to 
Philadelphia  &  Reading  Coal  &  Iron  Co.,  Shenandoah  City  Colliery, 
Shenandoah,  Pa. 

1st  Case; 

Containing  charging  hoard  with  12  charging  switches 




The  Philadelphia  &  Reading  Coal  &  Iron  Company. 

Office  of  Vice  President  &  General  Manager, 


Pottsville.Pa.  Hoy  amber  25th,  1912. 

meadow  croft. 

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Hr*  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey 
Hy  dear  Hr*  Edison: - 

We  have  had  your 
three  weeks,  6  at  one  set  < 

and  our  experience  has  been"very// sati sfactory  with  them. 

The  original  lamp  was  in  use  six  months  with  satisfac¬ 
tory  results.  This  lamp  I  understand  was  taken  back  to  Orange 
by  your  representative. 

We  are  very  anxious  to  have  this  lamp  in  satisfactory 
working  operation  and  would  appreciate  if  you  could  name  us  a 
price  and  begin  the  manufacture  of  these  lamps  at  once. 

We  have  been  working  on  a  lamp  of  this  character  for 
so  long  a  time  and  are  so  anxious  to  have  the  benefit  of  it  in 
our  work  that  we  would  urge  that  every  endeavor  be  made  to  sup¬ 
ply  us  with  these  lamps  at  the  earliest  possible  moment. 

I  believe  that  with  our  experience  with  your  lamp  that 
it  will  fill  the  need  and  will  only  be  a  short  time  until  there 
will  be  a  world-wide  demand  for  the  lamp. 

Awaiting  your  reply,  X  am 

yours  truly. 

■vice  president  &  General  Manager. 

The  Philadelphia  &  Reading  Coal  &  Iron  Company. 

Office  of  Vice  President  &  General 

Pottsville,  I 

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srvice  / 


Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Mr  .Edison;- 

Yours  of  the  27th  ult .  received  a - -  -y- 

referred  to  and  considered  by  our  Electrical  Depar^m^n-tv 
who  have  been  in  charge  of  the  experiments  and  servici 
of  yours  and  the  other  electric  lamps  that  we  have  1 
servi ce. 

Mr.  Jennings,  our  Electrical  Engineer,  has  had 
charge  of  and  been  in  touch  with  this  work  since  its  in¬ 
ception  over  six  years  ago,  and  X  would  he  much  pleased 
if  it  would  he  agreeable  to  have  him  meet  you  to  discuss 
the  lamp  and  the  uses  to  which  we  desire  it  applied  at 
as  early  a  date  as  would  he  convenient.  I  think  such  a 
meeting  would  result  in  greater  satisfaction  to  all  con¬ 
cerned  than  we  could  cover  in  correspondence. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Vice  president  &  General  Manager. 



December  9,  1912. 

Mr.  HutchiBon:- 

SUBJECT  -  Patent  Applications  for  small  cells 
and  lamps. 

The  attached  descriptions  are  intended  for  use 
in  the  patent  office  for  designing  patent  applications 
as  far  as  possible  and  necessary. 

The  applications  I  added  to  each  descriptioh  are 
not  supposed  to  serve  as  the  real  design .but  may  give 
our  legal  department  an  idea  of  what  I  had  in  mind 
when  constructing  the  different  parts. 

These  constructions  i 

Number  of  Applications 

1.  Construction  of  Edison  Cells 

2.  Valve  for  Edison  Cells 

3.  Edison  Double  cells 
^4.  Filler  for  Edison  CellB 

5.  Pocket  lamp  with  Edison  Double  Cell 

6.  Pocket  lamp  with  Edison  Single  Cell 

7.  Miners'  cap  lamp  with  Edison  Battery 

8.  Miners'  hand  side  lamp  with  Edison  Battery 

9.  Miners'  hand  top  lamp  with  Edison  Battery 

10.  Safety  hand  side  lamp  with  Edison  Battery 

11.  Safety  hand  lamp  with  detached./,  a/V 



December  13,  1912. 

Please  ship  by  express  tomorrow  a  charging  table  for  12 
'  Miners'  Outfits,  laboratory  Shop  Humber  2360,  to  the 
following  a4dress: 

Philadelphia  and  Beading  Coal  and  Iron  Co,, 
>  Shenandoah  City  Colliery, 

Shenandoah,  Pa. 


December  23rd  ,1912. 

Mr.  H.  F.  Miller; 

The  total  cost  of  experimental  work  on  miniature 
cell  for  police  and  miners  between  the  dates  of  April 
1st  1911  and  Oct.  31st  1912  is  #21,818.17.  Itemized 
as  follows- 


M.Kammerhoff' s  Salary- 

-#  1,064.58 
.  15,728.59 
-  5,025.00 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Mining  -  General  [not  selected]  (E-12-56) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
mines  and  minerals  to  be  bought,  sold,  surveyed,  worked,  or  tested.  None  of 
the  documents  received  a  substantive  reply  from  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Mining  -  Metals  and  Other  Minerals  (E-12-57) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  procurement  and  testing  of  minerals.  Included  are  inquiries  by  Edison  to 
various  suppliers,  along  with  letters  requesting  information  from  Edison  and 
inquiring  about  ores  that  he  might  supply.  Some  of  the  documents  pertain  to 
Edison's  widely  publicized  idea  of  making  books  and  other  printed  material 
(as  well  as  punch  cards  for  tabulating  machines)  from  thinly  rolled  nickel 
sheets  rather  than  from  wood-pulp  paper.  Also  included  is  an  exchange  of 
letters  with  Max  U.  Schoop,  pioneer  developer  of  thermal  spray  devices  for 
coating  metals,  regarding  his  proposal  to  treat  phonograph  plates  with  nickel 
tinsel.  An  inquiry  from  Charles  W.  Bennett  of  Cornell  University  concerns  the 
metal  plating  processes  employed  by  Edison.  Other  correspondents  include 
geologist  Henry  C.  Demming  and  E.  Schaaf-Regelman,  a  dealer  in  ores  and 
rare  minerals. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
selected  material  includes  a  sampling  of  letters  relating  to  Edison's  acquisition 
of  minerals  for  experimental  or  production  purposes.  Among  the  documents 
not  selected  are  referrals  to  other  vendors  and  exchanges  concerning  ores 
that  Edison  was  not  interested  in  purchasing. 

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EdiBD n  Laboratory, 

West  orange,  H.J 

Attention-  H. F. Miller , Sec' y. 

In  your  letter  of  May  25th, 1911,  you  stated  Mr.  Edison '  i 

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whioh  we  discussed  laat  week,  would  like  to  inquire  whether  or 
not  the  saniples  you  are  making  for  me  are  finished.  Kindly 
let  me  know  Whet  her:,  y.ou  asrlll  mail  these  or  whether  I  shall  oall  for 

Thanking  you  again  for  your  interest  in  this  matter,  1  am 
Sincerely  you’re 

J8.  <0.  <0o»e,  4»l[  &  Sill  ?»• 
■JCftlirr’n  Ofo&r  3Jlr*ter«  Hiilon 


V  xVVVi 

Jan‘  24th-1912. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 


B»  writer  hep  to  wollmtC he  fever  ef  en  in.ervie.  with 
vow,  if  possible,  to-morrow  .n.S».  between  2  end  3  o'oloob.  I 
should  be  very  tbrnnuful  If  you  enlfid  sp.r.  .  few  minutes  for  me  o- 
morrow.  but  in  o...  the  time  pro(o..d  is  no,  oonv.nlent  to  you  ud 
„  h,v.  rn.  edvieed  by  telephone  to-morrow  moruind  whether  end 

will  be  agreeable  to  you  to  see  me. 

Thanking  you  for  your  consideration,  I  am, 

Respectfully  yours, 


ESR/SK.  Cft  f)  f 

Ores,  JUirc  ^Rinernls,  (gems, 
Asbrstins,  (Centre  nub  .Sfibre 

Cclryliunr:  137  JBtonir 
Ofnlile  JVtrbrcBn:  gugsitiiiu 
A.  ?8.  <5.  OS otre>  «!  «:  5«!  ?»• 

HHclirr’*  flpnhc  Xtcilern  Union  Cfobr 

■1  <jrtnlc  Slcctl  (JBnUeru  }Jnrli  JQIhg.) 

As  per  telephone  conversation  wiijri  Mr.  H. 
of  this  morning  1  herewith  beg  to  repeat  the  gist  of! 
letters  of  mine  of  recent  date  to  which  you  have  ij 
,with  a  reply. 

i/j  syr  hf  \  is', 
BISMUTH.  In  case  you  are  still  interested  in^sdoiurOTg  this  ifietal 
in.  large  quantities  at  about  $  li'oo  per  lb.,  Wcan^ither  o(£.er  you 
a  mining  property  in  the  West,  which  is  capable  of  yielding  large 
quantities  of  rich  ore  ,  or,  if  that  suits  you  better,  I  will  try 
to  interest  smelters  in  the  proposition,  if  you  will  give  me  some 
data  as  to  your  probable  requirements. 

T.TTHTUM  CARBONATE.  Being  the  Agent  of •  the  Mallinckrodt  Chemical 
Works  of  St.  Louis  for  Lithium  Carbonate,  I  am  very  anxious  to 
supply  you  also  in  future  with  this  article,  and  as  you  have  always 
been  satisfied  with  our  quality,  which,  if  I  remember  correctly, 
you  consider  superior  to  that  made  by  Dr.  Schaefer  and  Sold  by  Mr. 
Merck,  and  as  I  have  in  former  years  endeavored  in  your  interest 
to  bring  the  price  of  this  article  down  to  its  present  low  level, 

I  should  thank  you  very  much  to  again  make  a  contract  with  me  for 
a  substantial  part  of  your  future  requirements. 

CALCINED  MAfiNESITB.  I  am  now  also  hadquarters  in  this  article  and 
shpuld  you  use  Magnesite  or  Magnesia  in  any  form  or  shape,  kindly 
give  me  a  chance  to  supply  you. 


laboratory  and  offices 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Harrisburg,  Pa. , -February  3,  1912. 
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Orange,  New  Jersey.  ^  5~frl2 

0pS>\>3  \ f 

There  is  a  mine  in  La  Plata  county,  Colorado,  known  as  the 
"Comstock , "  which  is  producing  from  12  to  16*  Bismuth;  this  in 
ores  containing  also  gold  and  silver.  The  owners  of  the  mine 
seem  to  be  paying  no  attention  to  the  saving  of  the  Bismuth  con- 
tents.  If  you  are  still  in  search  of  Bismuth,  probably  I  can 
arrange  to  have  this  element  extracted  from  the  Comstock  ores, 
and  at  a  much  less  cost  to  you  than  if  you  were  to  go  upon  the 
general  market  for  the  metal.  I  have  visited  this  mine  several 
times,  and  believe  the  Bismuth  to  be  there  in  considerable 

By  the  way,  I  hope  you  had  a  very  pleasant  time  in  Europe. 

Of  course  I  have  resented  with  scorn  any  intimation  that  you  went 
abroad  because,  about  the  time  of  your  departure,  there  appeared 
in  connection  with  your  phonograph  department  a  song, -and  I  do 
not  know  whether  you  are  the  author  of  wjC  "Any  Girl  Looks  Good 
to  Me  in  Summer  Time.* 

j.±y  youro, 


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Werke  fUt-  Metalllslerung 

Miiricfi,  ben  JJj,_Eehrwu?-.18lS- 


auf marks  am  zu  maohon,  ale  sohr  wahrecheinlich  Ihren  Zweokon  ent- 
spreohen  uni  kaum  die  Halfte  von  dew  kosten,  was  die  elektroly- 
tisehcn  Plittor.  Ich  kann  die  Ware,  event,  auch  ohne 
fern  zu  : 

Pr.  18.—  per  Elio  ,  loko  ZUrioh  ,  bei  Bezug  von  raindestens  100  kg, 
Bei  grosser en  Bestellungon  entspreohend  R&batt. 

Hit  gleioher  Post  schiclce  ioh  Ihnen  ferner  ein  kleines  Stiick 
einer  metallreproduzierten  Orammophonplatte  und  zwar  1st  dieser  Ab - 
klatsoh  derart  entstanden.dass  feinzerteiltes  He  tall  in  fliissigem 
Zustande  auf  die  OberflUche  der  Graminophonplabte  geBohlcudert  wird. 

Piir  den  Pall,das3  dieses, von  mir  entdeokte  und  ontwiokelte 
Verfahren  fUr  das  Heproduzieren  Ihrer  PH0H0SRAHDSK-WA1Z3IT 


.  Interosse  lu.t , was  ioh  vornnits,  bin  toll  ::u  weitoron  Angabon  Oder  von  Vornuchnn  init  Vcrgnbgen  baroit. 

Uebringenc  1st  ein  1  linger  or  Artikol  ilbor  (liases  I3ott.ll  - 
sprits on  vor  rund  a an  in  der  lioitsehrift  :  CHi&lICAX- 
&  MiiTAXXURG  ICAI  iillOIIuCUilG"  or  sob  ion  on . 

Vielleioht  interossirt  ob  Bio  ,  211  boron,  dans  icb  von  BBP.ft- 
in  Berlin  Iabore.toriiiKB-/Iv;ocko  eine  II i ckel-3i e en-But t or i 0 
bostellt  und  solcho  diennr  2r.ce  nngekoniMon  ist. 

Man  miiSB,  so  hr  geohrter  Horr  diosnr  Butorio  ga- 
arboitet  Thro  Geni&litSt  und  Ihron  Scharfsinn  gendgond 
wflrdigen  211  kiinnon  und  es  ktinn  fur  inieh  keinom  2v;oifel  unterliegcn,,  einimil  der  Zoitpunkt  koianon  wird.wo  dor  armseliga  Bloi-Akku- 
raulator  (lurch  den  EJJISOII-AIC^Jn'JXATORSS  vollkonjinen  vcrdrlingt  soin 

lob  boffo  gorne,  reobt  bald  von  Ihnon  r.u  horen.womit  iob 
ini  ob  Ihnen  empfehle 

Hit  dem  Ausdruoke  dor 
vollkoMKonsten  Hoohaohtung  ; 

Icb  la3e  golaufig  onglisch, ohne  jedoob  die 
Scbriftspr-.cbo  au  boberrschen. 


Sonderabdruck  dos  Artikels 


I  beg  to  oall  your  attention  to  non  eleetrolytio  nickel  tinsel,  which 
would  probably  meet  your  requirements  and  would  coat  scarcely  half  of  the  electro¬ 
lytic  tinsel,  I  can  deliver  the  goods,  also  without  polish  at 
18  Fr  per  kilo,  here  in  Zurioh,  upon  order  of  at  least 
100  kg.  On  larger  orders  a  corresponding  rebate. 

In  this  mail,  X  am  sanding  you  also  a  small  piece  of  a  metallic 
reproduced  gramophone -plate.  This  product  is  obtained  by  finely  divided  metal 
being  hurled,  in  fluid  condition,  on  to  the  surface  of  the  gramophone  plate. 

In  the  event  of  this  process,  which  was  discovered  and  developed  by  me, 
being  of  interest  to  you  for  the  reproduction  of  your  phono  cylinders,,  which  I  judge 
will  be  the  case,  I  shall  tie  glad  to  give  you  further  information,  etc,  as  may  bo 

A  lengthy  article  on  this  process  of  sprinkling  metal  appeared  about  two  years 
ago  in  the  Chemical  and  Uetallurgical  Engineering  Magazine, 

It  may  interest  you  to  bear  that  I  have  ordered  a  nickel  iron 
battery  from  Bergmann,  for  laboratory  purposes  and  the  same  arrived  recently. 

It  is  necessary  for  one  to  have  worked  in  such  matters,  Mr  Edison, 
in  order  to  be  able  to  properly  estimate  your  genius  and  sagacity,  and  I  have 
no  doubt  at  all  that  the  time  will  come  when  the  wretched  lead  storage  battery  will 
be  completely  run  off  the  market  by  the  Edison  Storage  battery! 

I  hope  to  hear  from  you  soon. 

Very  respectfully, 

U  U  Schoop. 

I  read  English  fluently  but  am  not  acquainted  with  eoript. 

Ends  auras 

Sample  of  tinsel 
Pieee  of  gramaophone  plate 
Special  imprint  of  article. 

Translation  of  article  if  desired. 


Sondprabdruok  aus  „Chemiker-Zeitung“  1911,  Nr.  53. 

(AlKlriick  mi»  dor  ..I'horotltor-y.oltuni;**  In  nur  mil  .ler  yn.lta  cmI.iui.) 

Die  Herstellung 

von  Metalliiberziigen  nach  dem  Schoopschen  Spritzverfahren.") 

Von  M.  U.  Schoop  -  Zurich -Hongg. 

Wie  schon  der  Name  andeutet,  liegt  dem  Metallspritzverfahren  der 


-  2  - 

durch  einen  Strahl  gespannten  Dampfes  Oder  Oases'  zerrissen  und  ge- 
tvissermaCen  in  einen  „Nebel"  iibergefiilirt  wird.  Die  den  Metallteilchen 
hierbei  erteilte  Gesclnvindigkeit,  z.  B.  bei  Verwendung  von  unter  10  at 
steliendem  Stickstoff,  ist  eine  ganz  auBerordentlich  groBe  und  aut 
experirnentcllem  Wege  sclnvcr  zu  ermitteln.  Hingcgen  kann  mail 
rechneriscli  den  Naclnveis  erbringen,  daB  die  Teilchen  sidi  nut  emer 
Gesdiwindigkeit  bewegen,  die  von  derselben  OroBenordnung  ist  tvie 
die  Anfangssdinelligkeit  eines  deutsdien  Infanteriegesdiosscs  (etwa  900  m 

in  der  Sekundc).  Bei  Verwendung  des  viel  leichtern  Wasserstoffs 
Druck-  odor  Zerstaubungsmittel  an  Stelle  von  Wasserdampf 
stoff  erh8ht  sicti  dieser  Wert  um  ein  Mehrfaches. 


Oasdichten  verhalten  sich  bekanntlich  umgekelirt  tvie  die  Quadrate 
der  Ausstromungsgeschwindigkciten,  mit  denen  Gase  unter  gleichcm 
Drucke  aus  einer  engen  Offnung  trclen.  Dieses  Gesetz  ist  ein  Spczial- 

fall  des  Torricelli sclicn  Theorems:  tv  =  •  >n  dcm  w  die  Aus- 

stromungsgesdnvindigkeit ,  H  den  Ausstromungsdruck  und  D  die  Gas- 
diclite  bedcuten.  Im  Folgenden  bezeichnet:  pi  den  absoluten  Druck  vor 
der  Miindung  in  kg/qcm,  p  den  absoluten  Druck  nacli  der  Miindung  in 
kg  q cm,  Vi  das  spezifische  Dampfvolumen  in  cbm/kg,  k  eine  Konstantc, 
tvelche  bei  Luft  =  1,41,  bei  iiberhitztem  Dampf  =  1,30,  bei  gesattigteni 
Dampf  =  1,135  zu  setzen  ist,  g  die  Erdbeschleunigung  =  9,81.  Bei 
adiabatischer  reibungsloser  Stromung  erhalt  nun  die  AusfluBgesclitvindig- 
keit  bei  einfacher  Mundung  folgenden  Wert: 

V'ag  i” ■v‘[|-(;£')  k  |XU> 

Diese  Formel  ist  jedodi  nur  fiir  solche  Werte  des  Gegcndrucks  liinter 
der  Miindung  giiitig,  die  nicht  kleiner  sind  als  der  sogenannte  kritischc 

Druck:  p,„  =  p,  k_l '  Fur  iiberhitzten  Dampf  ist  =  0,5457, 

fur  gesattigten  Dampf  ist  =  0,5774.  Ist  der  Gegendruck  kleiner 
als  der  kritische  Druck,  tvas  in  dem  vorliegenden  Falle  zutrifft,  so  tvachst 
die  Austrittsgeschwindigkeit  mit  steigendem  Drucke  nicht  melir,  sondeni 
bleibt  konstant.  Diese  konstantc  Gesdiwindigkeit  wird  als  kritischc 
Gesdiwindigkeit  bezeichnet  und  hat  tvie  die  Sdiallgesditvindigkeit  bei  uber- 
hitztem  Wasserdampf  den  Wert:  p,„  =  VPi  ■  vi  in  m/sek.  Grapliisdi 
aufgetragen  erhalt  man  eine  Parabel,  die  zuerst  rasch  ansteigt  und  sicli 
sodann  asymptotisch  einer  zur  Abzissenadise  parallel  liegenden  Geraden 
niihert.  Wie  leicht  zu  verstehen  ist,  ist  die  AusfluBgeschwindigkeit  des 
fliissigen  Metallfadens  unter  der  Voraussetzung,  daB  das  Mctall  unter 
demselben  Druck  stelit,  wie  das  zerstiiubende,  gasformige  Medium,  sehr 
wesentlich  geringer,  als  die  AusfluBgeschwindigkeit  des  Zerstiiubungs- 
mittels,  Oder  anders  gesagt:  die  tvirkliclie  Gesdiwindigkeit  der  flicgendeii 

M..i..iiu4lrlimi  ist- als  eine  Resiiltnnte  von  ztvei  Gesdiwindigkeitskoin- 
ponenten .  aufzufassen  und  erheblich  kleiner  als  die  Gesdiwindigkeit  des 
ausstromcnden  Dampfes,  beztv.  Oases.  ,  .  ,  , 

Den  sicli  an  der  zu  iiberziehenden  Fliiche  abspielenden  Vorgang 
hat  man  sich  wohl  so  zu  denken,  daB  die  den  Metall  eilchen  erteiUe 
lebendige  Kraft  beim  Auftreffen  in  Form  von  Wnrme  tvieder  zum  \  or- 
sclicin  komrnt  d.  li.  also:  die  voraussichtlich  in  erstarrtem  Zustande  be- 
fiudliclicn  Metallteilchen  tverden  fiir  einen  Augenblick  plastisch  und 

srliweiBen  ecu  rasd  vorubergdienden  Erhitzungszustande  zu  einer 

schoncn  und  glattenSdiiditzusammen,  deren  Dickeienach  derDauerderBe- 
strnhluni!  inncrhalb  tvciter  Grenzen  sehr  vernnderhch  sein  kann  ('/no  bis 
s  mn,  und  mehrt  Infolge  der  pldtzlichen  Entspannung  des  Dampfes 
beztv.  Gases  ergibt  sich  die  bcmerkenstverte  Erscheinung,  daB  die  ein- 
tretende  intensive  Abkiihlung  sicli  auch  den  Metallteilchen  nil  tei It,  das 

bis  'auf070n»dC  und^darunter  ‘abgekiihu"!!'^^^  sodaB" ohne^iteres 

Eier,  Fruclite,  Blumen  zu  metallisieren,  Oder  auf  diese  Weise  muini 
fizierende  Wirkungen  zu  erzielen.  . 

liclie  Vorgang  bei  dem  Zustandekommen  der  ScHOOPSChen  Metalluber- 
zuge  ist  eine8  typische  SchweiBung,  die  durch  g  ^  Verwe  dung 
von  Hitze  und  Druck  gekennzeichnct  tvird.  11  prln  dur‘ 

scidditcn8 liqjMi?  Die*»Srst^SlSH^®™ien  ^Sfchen  werjje^  Vs°Endprod5kt 
!st81ndsehr^tot^dbearbeUet^stMetalltm1fa3oTphemUKleingefiigeA)  Die 
oxydbildcnden  Metalle  besitzen  bei  der  Zerstaubung  b®r  ent- 


Metallschichtcn  zu  erzeiigen,  die  von  der  Untcrlage  gotrcnnt  wcrdcn;  d.  li. 
ilso  uni  ein  Verfabren,  ivelclies  Foringebung  bezweckt.wie  beispielsweiso 
lie  galvanoplastischen  Vervielfiiltigungsverfahren. 

Es  kann  sicli  in  manclien  Fallen  empfehlen,  die  betreffenden  Gegen- 
itiinde  vor  bezw.  wahrend  der  Bestralilung,  mittels  geeigneter  Ober- 
lachenbehandlung,  z.  B.  mit  Sandstrahlgebliise,  von  anhaftendem  Fett  unti 
lergl.  zu  befreicn ;  unbedingt  erforderlich  ist  dies  jedoch  nicht.  Ebenso 
<ann  die  Erwarmung,  besonders  wenn  Metalloberflachen  vorliegen, 
iviilirend  bezw.  nach  der  Bestralilung  angezeigt  sein,  um  ein  gutes  Hatton 
in  begiinstigen.  Vermittels  des  neuen  Verfahrens  konnen  Verzinnungen, 
Vcrzinkungen  Oder  Verbleiungen  derart  vorgenommen  werden,  daB  sie 
von  den  bisher  ublichen  Verzinnungen,  Verzinkungen  bezW.  Verbleiungen 
kaum  unterscbieden  werden  konnen.  Gegenuber  den  bekannten  Verfabren 
rinrcli  Aufschmelzen  oder  Elektrolyse  bietet  dasSpritzverfahren  dieVortoile, 
ilafi  keine  Metallverluste  durch  Verdampfung  eintreten,  daB  ein  selir 
raschcs  Arbeiten  ermoglicht  wird,  und  daB  die  Behandlung  an  beliebigem 
Orte  und  von  Korpern  mit  beliebigen  GroBenverhiiltnissen  vorgenommen 
werden  kann.  Ob  an  der  Oberflache  eine  die  llaftung  unterstutzende 
Legierung  sicti  bildet,  Oder  ob  die  Adhiirenz  der  ScHOOPSChen  Uberziige 
dadurch  zu  erklaren  ist,  daB  die  mit  groBer  Geschwindigkeit  auftreffenden 
Metallteilchen  in  die  vorhandenen  Poren  der  bestrahlten  Oberflachen 

Mctallc,  die  in  erliitztem  Zustande  eine  gute  SchwcjBfHhigkeit  aufwc 
und  eine  plastische  Konsistenz  annehmen,  wie  z, B.  Aluminium,  E 
Messing,  ferner  die  Edelmetalle,  bei  denen  eine  Oxyd-  oder  Sch  ac 
bildung  nicht  zu  befurchten  ist,  und  die  von  House  aus  auBerorden 
ziilie  und  dehnbar  sind.  Vielleicht  wird  das  Verfabren  aus  d  esem  Or 
sicli  aucli  in  die  zahnarzthche  Metailtechnik  Eingang  verschanen,  .( 
zur  Herstellung  von  Edelmetalluberzugen  fur  Brucken  oder  Plattcn 
es  zur  direkten  Fiillung  von  Zahnhblilungen.  Hervorheben  moclite 
noch,  daB  es  mir  neuerdines  gelungen  ist,  eine  transportabelo  Zerstaubi 
vorricbtung  mit  beweglicher  Strahldiise  zu  konstru  eren,  wobei  mir  i 
Assistent  Ing.  F.  Herkenrat  ausgezeichnete  Dienste  geleistet  hat. 

In  der  Hauptsache  ergeben  sicli  zwei  typische  Endprodukte: 
haftende  Metalluberzuge,  welche  zum  Schutz  oder  zur  vai's(cl'0r,a 
von  Oberflachen  dienen,  oder  selbstandige  Form  bi  tzende  Met  illko 
welche  nach  ihrer  Fertigstellung  von  der  Unterlaf 
Mit  anderen  Worten:  es  konnen  Metalluberzuge  Oder  abtrenr 
selbstandige  Metallschichten  erzeugt  werden.  Zu  der  ersten  Art 


Stnn niolhapsolfi  fur  Flasclion,  di 

-r— . . M . e  metnllische  Auskleiuung  von  Botttdiun 

mu  Dim,  Aluminium  Oder  anderen  Mctallcn  fur  die  Zweckc  der 
chcmisclien  und  der  Nalirungsmittelindustrie,  fur  Brauereien,  Farbercieu 
usw.,  die  Herstellung  von  festhaftenden  Aluminiumiiberzugen  auf  Zinn, 
Zink,  Blei  und  sonstigen  Metallen,  Oder  umgekehrt  das  Uberziehen  von 
Aluminium  mil  beliebigem  anderem  Metall.  in  die  zweite  Arbeitsgruppe 
geliOren  die  Herstellung  von  Klisctiees,  Stempeln,  Matrizen,  der  Ersatz 
von  galvanischen  Reproduktionen  alter  Art,  die  Herstellung  von  Hohl- 
korporn,  nabtloscn  Roliren  usw.  '  „  .  ........ 

Mittels  des  neuen  Verfahrens  gelingt  es  ferner,  zwei  Metallteile 
schweiB-  Oder  lotartig  miteinander  zu  verbinden,  indein  die  vorlier  cr- 
iiitzten  Verbindungsstellen  der  Metallzerstiiubung  ausgesetzt  tvcrden, 
wobei  die  zu  verbindenden  Gegenstande  verschiedenen  Materials  sein 
konnen.  So  konnen  z.  B.  zwei  Bleiteile  oline  Benutzung  einer  Stick- 
damme  gewissermaBen  nach  Art  einer  autogenen  SchweiBung  obne 
Scbwierigkeit  miteinander  verbunden  werden,  indem  fein  zerteiltes  Blei 
in  die  Verbindungsfuge  gespritzt  wird.  Ebenso  ist  es,  wie  ich  micli 
durcli  den  Versuch  uberzeugen  konnte,  ohne  weiteres  angangig,  ein 
nerforiertes  Bleiblech  durch  aufgestaubtes  Blei  wieder  diclit  zu  mac  lien, 
ohne  daB  es  nachher  zu  erkennen  war,  wo  die  Grenzflache  der  beiden 
Bleiflachen  lag,  bezw.  welches  die  urspriingliche  Unterlagssclucht  und 
welches  die  neue  Bleischicht  war.  Das  Verbleien  nach  Schoop  durfte 
besonders  fur  die  chemische  GroBindustrie  von  Bedeutung  sein,  und  es 
wird  auch  bereits  von  dem  franzosischen  Konzern,  welcher  meine  fran- 
zosischen  Patente  erworben  hat,  in  groBemMaBstabe  praktisch  ausgefuhrt.1) 
Das  bisherige  Ausloten  von  Bottichen  und  KochgefaBen  der  chemischen 
Industrie  kann  ebenfalls  durch  das  vor  allem  rascher  arbeitende  neue 
Spritzverfahren  ersetzt  werden,  indem  man  die  lecken  Stellen  dem  zer- 
staubten  Metallstralil  aussetzt.  Die  Mfigtichkeit  der  Holzkonservierung 
durch  Metalliiberziige  ist  namentlich  fur  Leitungsmaste,  fiir  Sicherungs- 
I—'-—  5"  feuchten  Bergwerken,  zum  Schutze  gegen  die  Termiten  in  den 
;w.  von  Wert.  Glasflaschen  mit  kostbaren  Getranken  und  emp- 

_  Fliissigkeiten  konnen  nach  ihrer  Verkorkung  dem  zerstaubten 

Metallstralil  ausgesetzt  und  so  mit  einer  uber  Kork  und  Hals  reichenden, 
hermetisch  schlieBenden  Metallkapsel  verselien  werden.  Fur  das  Kunst- 
gewerbe  kommt  die  Herstellung  von  metalljsierten  Gipsabdrucken, 
Papierreliefs,  die  Reproduktiori  von  Intarsien  aller  Art,  Lederutensihen, 
Reproduktion  von  Kunstgegenstanden  usw.  in  Betracht. 

4}  Socicte  de  Metallisation  (Precedes  Schoop)  Soc.anonymc  mit  einem  Kapital 

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It  is  but  reluctantly  that  I  am  writing  you  again  to¬ 
day  in  regard  to  Lithium- Carbonate ,  as  I  am  afraid  that  mV-  fre¬ 
quent  solicitations  will  annoy  you,  but  if  you  will  kindly  remember 
our  previous  conversations  on  the  subject,  it  will  be  apparent  to 
you  that  only  on  account  of  your  having  entered  the  Lithium  market 
as  the  largest  individual  buyer,  has  it  been  possible  to  maintain 
two  manufacturers  of  this  article  in  the  United  States,  and  it  is 
their  competition  which  has  reduced  the  price  from  $1.-  to  55^  per 
lb.  Peculiar  things  have  happened  lately  in  connection  with  the 
mining  and  manufacturing  of  Lithium  and  I  would  have  liked  to  re¬ 
port  these  to  you,  hence  my  several  requests  for  an  interview.  I 
do  not  like  to  reduce  these  news  to  writing,  but  if  you  care  to 
keep  this  competition  alive  and  secure  Lithium-Carbonate  also  in 
future  at  the  very  low  price  of  55^  per  lb.,  which  leaves  but  a 
20%  manufacturing  profit,  and  sometimes  even  less  to  the  makers,  , 
please  favor  me  with  a  good  sized  order  soon;  otherwise  the  Lithium 
market  will  be  left  to  the  tender  mercies  of  one  of  your  neighbors . 

^-"yYours  respectfully, 

day  and  to  assure  you  that  I  greatly  appreciate  your  kindness . 

I  was  glad  to  learn  from  our  conversation  yesterday  that 
you  contemplate  making  a  yearly  contract  for  large  quantities  of 
Lithium  Carbonate  in  about  May  and  that  you  will  give  me  part  of 
your  orders  then. 

I  confirm  having  sold  to  you  for  the  present  3  tons  of 
Lithium  Carbonate,  same  quality  as  furnished  before,  at  55^  per  lb* 
f  .o.b.  R.R.  cars  at  Orange,  one  ton  each  to  be  delivered  April  1st, 
May  1st,  and  July  1st  of  this  year. 

Thanking  you  again  for  .the  consideration  shown  me  and  so¬ 
liciting  a  continuance  of  your  favors,  I  am, 

Respectfully  yours. 


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Monel  Metal  Manufacturing  Company 


"NewTibrk.  March  12.  1912. 

under  ooneidoration  the  use  of  thin  sheet  niojcel  for  the  nanufeotui^  of 
indestructible  books*  It  has  ocourrod  to  us  that  if  you  have  given 
favorable  consideration  to  sheet  niokel  in  the  face  of  its  fairly  high 
cost  that  "Monel  Metal"  would  be  doubly  interesting  to  you,  owing  to 
its  rauoh  loss  ooBt  and  possessing  as  it  does  praotioally  all  of  the 
physical  oharaoteristios  of  niokel.  We  know  you  are  sufficiently 

familiar  with  "Monel  Metal"  to  render  it  unnecessary  for  ub  to  dilate 
upon  its  merits,  and  we  are  simply  addressing  ourselves  to  you  with  a 
view  to  ascertain  whether  this  proposition  is  active,  and  if  so  the 
size  and  gauge  of  sheets  you  have  undor  consideration. 

Yours  vary  truly, 



Sales  Agent. 



^r-«V  ITHACA.  N.Y.  Maroh  &0)  191g 

Gentlemen  :  (jP^  ' 

Professor  Panoroft  and  myself  are  preparing  a  took  on 
Applied  Electrochemistry,  and  desiring  to  include  as  much  as  possl- 
hlo  on  the  later  development  of  the  plating  industry,  are  writing 
you  for  any  information  you  will  he  kind  enough  to  give  us. 

We  would  like  to  know  what  motals  you  plate  (nickel,  silver,  copper, 
gold,  trass,  zino,  otc.),  and  approximately  the  amount  of  each 
plated  from  solution  yearly.  We  should  te  pleased  to  know  something 
of  the  composition  of  the  taths  used,  temperature,  and  current  densi¬ 
ty.  We  hope  to  make  this  took  of  interest  to  the  technical  man  as 
well  as  to  the  student,  and  are  adftpting  this  method  as  the  only 
one  available,  for  getting  reliable  information; 

Hoping  that  we  may  serve  you  sometime  in  the  future,  and 
thanking  you  in  advance,  I  am 

5)he  Edison  Company 
West  Orange,  II.  J. 

Very  truly  yours, 

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April  6,1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Eel  icon, 

Orange,  Now  Jersey.  U.S.A. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Lately  X  have  sent  an  encineer  up  to  the  Dahloncga  ,Ga.  col'1  soo- 
tion,  to  investigate  sane, and  I  understand  throuCh  an  engineer  here  ,Mr. 
Miller,  that  several  years  ago, you  sent  an  enCineor  ,ancl  conducted  a  line 
of  experiments  on  those  ores.  If  it  is  convenient  to  do  so,  will  you  tfindly 
give  me  the  name  and  address  of  your  engineer, ao  I  wish  to  know  if  he  tried 
the  more  recent  cyanide  practice  there, and  to  what  extent. 

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April  lath,  1912. 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dear  Sir:- 


rttention  of  Mr.  A.  E.  Miller. 

X  heg  to  acknowledge  reoeipt  0/ your  letter  of  the 
16th  inst.  relative  to  the  matter  of  nickel  plating,  and  would 
advise  that  X  will  oall  upon  Mr.  Edison  at  an  early  date  with 
Bamples  and  full  information  regarding  the  new  prooess  of  niokel 

Thanking  you  for  your  favor,  I  remain 
Yours  very  truly. 

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Orange,  Now  Jersey. 

We  have  determined  to  make  a  market  for 
TELLURIUM,  99jJ  in  100  pound  and  upwards,  and  have  therefore 
reduoed  the  prioe  from  ’$5.  per  pound  to  $3.50  per  pound. 

Pleaae  advise  us  if  you  are  in  the  market  for  same, 
and  for  what  quantity. 

An  early  reply  will  oblige, 

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303-305  FIFTH  AVENUE 

April  29,  1912 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 
Orange,  New  Jersey 

We  are  informed  that  you  are  experimenting  viith.or 
have  perfected, a  substitute  for  paper  in  the  form  of  a  metal 
flake  or  substance,  of  a  metallic  nature. 

This  Company  is  bringing  forward  a  oomplete  set  of 

automatic  mechanical  tabulating  equipment  consisting  of  Puneh- 
ina  Sorting  and  Tabulating  machines,  similar  to  the  Hollerith 
sowing  and  tabulating  machines,  which  have  been  upon  the  mar- 
Mt  tot  sometime ,  excepting  that  they  operate  “K"  i .PStOT.r 

through  holes  in  punched  cards. 

V/hile  our  machines  are  perfected,  we  have  not  as  yet 
publicly  exhibited  them,  as  we  are  thoroughly  testing  and  try¬ 
ing  them  out  ourselves  before  we  solicit  business  or  place  them 
upon  the  market. 

Difficulty  has  always  been  experienced  in  attempting 
to  secure  a  uniform  paper  stock  of  a  quality  which  when  printed 
in  the  form  of  cards  and  punched,  would  successfully  operate 
through  the  machines  a  great  many  times.  ^“believe 

"metal"  card  which  could  be  produced  economically,  we  b elieve 
mnnh  of  this  difficulty  would  be  overcome  and  prove  to  have  many 
advantages  over  thecards  now  used  in  connection  with  tabulating 
machines  To  this  end,  the  writer  would  very  much  appreciate 
the  opportunity  of  personally  presenting  this  subject  to  yourself, 
and  would  ask  an  appointment  for  this  purpose. 

Very  truly  yours, 


General  Manager 

P.  S.  -  We  are  enclosing  herewith  a. few  sample  cards  which  i 



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303*305  FIFTH  AVENUE 

May  X,  19X2 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Be., 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey 
Bear  Sir: 

We  have  your  letter  of  April  30th,  in  which  you 
state  that  the  nickel  you  produce  is  entirely  too  thin  for 
our  purpose.  We  do  not  know  the  thickness  of  your  nickel 
product,  and  as  it  is  possible  for  us  to  adjust  the  feeding 
mechanism  of  our  equipment  to  most  any  thickness  of  stock,  we 
should  like  very  much  to  experiment  with  your  nickel  substi¬ 
tute,  if  we  might  be  privileged  to  do  so.  The  question  of 
cost  would  be  more  or  less  of  a  secondary  consideration,  pro¬ 
vided  we  could  successfully  use  a  metal  instead  of  a  paper  card. 

The  writer  expects  to  be  in  the  vicinity  of  Orange  u- 
pon  Eriday,  the  third  instant,  and  would  appreciate  the  privilege 
of  calling  at  your  laboratory,  and,  if  possible,  meet  yourself 
or  other  representatives  of  your  Company.  In  the  event  that 
this  is  not  convenient,  could  you  favor  us  with  samples  of  your 
nickel  produot? 

Very  truly  yours, 



She  outfit  is  designed  to  get  uniform  coatings 
of  nickel  on  drums  while  platine,  thoroby  making  a  more  uni¬ 
form  product  and  helping  to  make  the  manufactured  cells  more 
uniform  in  aotton. 

The  outfit  consists  of  an  ampere  hour  meter, 
with  two  contacts  on  dial,  a  single  pole  contactor  or  circuit 
■breaker  with  magnetio  blow-out,  a  relay  and  a  starting  button. 

In  order  to  start  the  apparatus  the  operator  lets 
his  crane  down  into  the  plating  baths  as  usual  and  then  pushes 
a  button.  This  button  operates  the  relay,  which  in  turn  closes 
the  contactor,  establishing  a  circuit.  As  eoon  as  the  circuit 
is  closed,  the  meter  starts  going  round,  and  after  the  required 
current  has  passed  through  the'  bath  for  a  certain  time,  the  re¬ 
lay  is  tripped  (by  the  contact  ori  dial  of  meter)  which  in  turn 
opens  the  contactor  and  at  the  same  time’  putB  the  pilot  lamp 
out .which  signain  Beans  that  the  cycle  of  operation  is  through 
and  the  operator  goeB  on  to  the  next  bath,  the  operation  being 

ime  outfit  as  described  is  used  for  both  the  copper 
and  nickel  baths,  there  being  a  double  winding  on  circuit 
breaker  coil,  that  is  one  winding  for  ISO  volts  and  the  other 
for  35  volts. 

The  use  of  this  outfit  has  certain  advantages 
over  the  sand  glass  method  of  timing,  first  -  because  the 
current  used  for  the  plating  varies  through  a  wide  range  due 
to  unbalanced  load,  whereas  in  using  the  device  the  length  of 
tine  a  drum  stays  in  the  nickel  or  copper  bath  is  controlled  by 
the  current  only  and  therefore  deposits  must  be  uniform. 

Seoond  -  The  operator  of  a  crane  can  only  close 
the  circuit  and  cannot  lift  out  before  his  Bignal  is  given 
without  deranging  his  schedule,  and  in'  that  ease  the  foreman 
needs  only  to  glance  at  the  ampere-hour  meter  to  know  what 
has  happened. 

Another  great  advantage  is,  that  the  circuit 
cannot  be  closed  until  the  orane  is  at  reBt  in  the  bath, 
and  same  oirouit  is  broken  by  contactor  before  the  orane  is 
lifted  again,  thus  prolonging  the  life  of  the  copper  contact 
feet  on  orane  to  a  very  great  extent. 

May  6th,  191B. 

Mr.  Charles  R.  Miller, 

Sparta,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  11th  instant  Mr. 
Edison  directs  we  to  write  you  that  the  jug  of  water  came, 
hut  it  has  considerable  dirt  from  the  rook  in  it,  or  the 
jug  was  not  cleaned  out  thoroughly  with  hot  water  and 
drained.  You  had  better  fix  up  a  sluice  and  clean  the 

rock  so  we  can  get  water  free  from  dirt,  then  fill  _a 
jug  full,  thoroughly  cleaned  by  boiled  water,  that  has 
been  coaled  down  to  hot  coffee  temperature  to  prevent 
cracking  glass  and  rinsed. 




Harrisburg.Pa. ,  May  15,  1912 


0*  frU  —  y 

Hon.  ThomaB  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Friend  Edison:  f  t 

In  1898  when  examining  your  lands  in  Sussex  Count; 

I  noticed  considerable  quantities  of  Molybdenite j  and  you  re* 
member  that  you  disposed  of  a  fine  sample  at  the  rate  of  25 
cents  per  pound,  and  that  I  wae  a  little  peppery  because  you 
left  Buch  a  remarkable  sample  go  for  a  song,  when  it  could  have 
been  sold,  as  a  cabinet  specimen,  for  $20.  or  $30.  The  price 
of  Molybdenite  has  since  Increased  until  it  now  brings  40  cents 
per  pound  of  95%  purity.  It  may  be  that  you  have  some  for  sale 
from  the  Sussex  County  property,  and  I  have  lost  no  time  in  in¬ 
forming  you  of  the  recent  increase  in  price  of  this  mineral. 

While  away,  I  noticed  in  a  western  paper  an  article  something 
like  this:  "Thomas  A.  Edison  says  we  sleep  too  much.  This  may 
have  been  the  ease  until  he  invented  the  phonograph."  What  did 
the  editor  mean  by  that! 

Faithfully  yours. 



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Genuine  Webster's  Dictionaries  Since  isa3. 
Springfield,  Mass., . . 19  12  . 

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Dear  Sir!*1  Q 


_ _  fit 

not  print  our~  large  dijc 

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rainiumwellum" ,  jjnd  thus  "rejjj 

A  correspondent  asks  us  whig; it&Jf***' 
rint  bur  largo  dilctionarj 

n^ellum"  ,^£nd  thus  "re^cj:.  i 
to:|JChat  of  a ^cket^Bib le  " , 
jot's  that  wi 

suggests  that  we  communicj 
about  the  matter. 

On  the  face  of  it  this  looks  like 
a  startling  reduction  in  size,  when  one 
considers  that  Webster's  Mew  Interna¬ 
tional  Dictionary  is  a  book  of  2700 
pages,  about  9  x  12  inches,  and  is 
printed  on  a  much  thinner  psper  than 
ordinarily  used. 

May  we  ask  whether  you  have  developed 
an  aluminium  vollum  which  could  bo  put 
into  practical  use  in  reducing  the  thick¬ 
ness  of  books  --  ospocir-lly  such  a  book 
of  reference  an  a  largo  dictionary!  Of 
course  tho  page  size  could  not  be  reduced 
without  having  the  printed  matter  too 
condensed  to  be  readable.  At  best  we  think 
our  correspondent  would  need  to  hove  a 
pretty  large  pocket  in  which  to  carry 
his  dictionary  J  Our  book,  as  now  pro¬ 
duced,  moasures  four  inches  in  thickness. 

Hoping  to  receive  a  line  from  you 
regarding  tho  above,  we  are 

Yours  very  truly, 

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Asbestos,  (Ccuftc  it ub  JIJibcc 

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21  £tnte  street  (JJnilcru  |Jnrlt  JDlbg.) 

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ltzk;  — **  ■K^“  *' , 

ickre^t  Chemic;  1 

A  short  time  ago  the  Mallinoh^^  ChfimlciJ^Woirks  have 
furnished  you  the  last  ton  of  you  °n  th° 
order  you  have  favored  me  with  when*Ic£ilea  upon^tflW«^e  last 

All  shipments  being  made,  I  beg  ’  whether  you 
will  be  good  enough  to  favor  me  with  another  order  for  Lithium 
Carbonate  of, the  same  quality  at  the  same  price  of  85/  per  lb. 
freight  paid  to  Orange. 

I  assure  you  that  I  would  appreciate  it  very  much  if 
you  would  continue  to  favor  me  with  part  of  your  Lithium  Carbonate 
business  and  awaiting  your  kind  reply,  I  am. 

Respectfully  yours 



I  understand  that  Col  hemming  is  known  to  you  as  a  good 
mining  engineer,  and,  therefore,  take  the  liberty  of  writing 
yon  to  abk! whether  in  your  opinion  he  1b  competent  to  make 
a  thorough ; examination  and  report  on  gold  mining  proposition, 
and  whether  his  report  can  he  relied  upon. 

«ny  Information  which  you  may  giro  me  regarding 
Col.  hemming  will  he  very  much  appreciated,  and  you  hare  my 
assurance  that  the  same  will  he  held  in  absolute  confidence. 
Thanking  you  in  advance  for  a  prpmpt  reply,  I  remain. 

Tours  very  truly. 


UMsSott  Comtolfoateb  fining  Co.  ,"°'!!!!l’'i 




Thomas  A. Edison, ^-'<yv* £_..- 
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Orange  ,N.  J.  g*, 



enclosed  here' 

l*jcc-  y .... 

...  Dear  SirjRelylng  upon 
from  you, copies  of  Vame  biP'^fiem 
berty  to  make  the 

From  the  information 
that  have  appeared  fre 
muth  was  an  important  o'. 
ery,and  herewith  enclose  a  prospectus. showing  the 

L$f  <cd£a^ 

claim  that  you  use  bismuth  iff-fSui 

C5«~*A  ve¬ 

rnation  received  from  you,ai^from 

“  ='^*5i 

... _ 

yoULdo  not  u|e  biBm^th^in 

iontwewould  greatly  apprecia- 
V  CLcrvt 

i  do; hut 

i  biBrauth  ■: 
re  would 

such  information  and  belli 

Some  complaint  ha^fegnjipEc^e 
your  new  battery; and  terliVrtxe  thfljc 
te  a  reply  as  to  the  trW?h£?’Va!rslty  'of'the  'claim. 

In  view  of  the  fact  that  you  have  told 
in  the  battery  is  conclusive  evidence  te 
like  confirmatory  evidence  of  that  fact  as  a  clincher. 

And  on  the  other  hand, if  you  have  given  up  the  use  of  biBmuth  in  t- 
he  battery, we  would  be  pleased  to  fcsww  that  such  is  the  case, as  we  do 

n  ot  wish  to  make  any  claimB  that  cannot  be  substanciated. 

If  you  are  now.or/are  intending  to /use}  bismuth,  it  is  probably 
A  than  td  us 

of  as  much  .or  more  importance  to  you  to  have  the  bismuth  deposits  of 
this  section  developed, as  we  feel  confident  we  have  under  our  controll 
,and  under  development, the  greatest  bismuth  deposits  now  known  in  the 
country.  Y#urB  18  truly> 

Frank  l.Wilson, 


BMson  ConSolfoateti 
Joining  Company 





|©tnins  Company 

The  iiroiiorly  owned  h>-  the  Comimny  con- 

.-l>T°l'°rty  or  i'10 

the  western  imrl 
recognised  ns  cnntnlnlng 
mineral  deposits 


i,  nml  have  Ion*  been 



largo  bodies  of  gold,  silver,  copper  and  lead 
upon  Us  property,  which  we  merely  mention 
In  this  prospectus,  but  from  which  there  is 
no  doubt  the  Company  will  be  nblo  to  ex¬ 
tract  immense  quantities  of  ore,  there  seems 
to  be  no  doubt  that  an  investment  in  the 
stock  of  the  Company  will  be  safe  and  very 
profitable.  And  owing  to  the  fact  that  tho 
Company  is  soon  to  begin  tho  shipment  of 
ore,  It  Is  safe  to  conclude  that  the  stock  will 
advance  rapidly  In  price  and  that  the  Com¬ 
pany  will  very  shortly  enter  the  list  of  divi¬ 
dend  paying  mines  of  tho  State. 


Rooms  208  and  209.  Brooks  Arcade, 

Salt  Lnke  City,  Utah. 

Independent  phone  1H42. 



Erem  the  Laboratory 


Orange  ,N.J.  May  25  th,08. 

Clifton  Copper  Belt  Mining  CO., 

Erank  L. Wilson  ,Esq. , Gen. Mgr. , 

69  East  Third  South  St., Room  208, 

Salt  Lake  City .Utah. 

Bear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  20  th  Inat. regarding  bismuth  ore  received. MrBdi- 
•on  directs  me  to  write  you  that  he  uses  bismuth  in  his  new  battery  and 
as  he  has  only  just  started  manufacturing  cannot  say  how  much  he  shall 
use.  It  depends  upon  the  cheapness, as  he  has  to  have  it  very  pure. He  wo 
uld  like  to  have  a  sample  of  four  or  five  pounds  of  the  12^  bismuth  ore 
to  test, as  certain  ingredients  make  it  difficult  to  get  it  as  pure  as 
he  desires. 

He  would  like  to  know  what  the  freight  would  be  on  a  car  load  lot 
and  what  you  would  charge  for  the  bismuth  , per. pound  metallic, if  you 
receive  95$  of  the  gold  value  and  nine  cents  for  the  copperE.0.3.  cars 
on  Railroad. 

Your  answer  and  test  of  ere  will  determine  its  desirability’. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  H.E.Miller, 




Ptom  The  Laboratory 


Orange ,M. J. April  25  th,10. 

Clifton  Copper  Belt  Mining  CO., 

Mr. Frank  L. Wilson  Gen. Manager , 

Salt  Lake  City.Utsh  . 

Dear  Sir :Mr. Edison  directs  me  to  write  you 
that  he  can  now  use  some  bismuth. Please  give  us  a  quotation  on  high  gr¬ 
ade  bismuth  ore.F.O.B.  best  shipping  point  in  carload  lot, with  assay. Co 
uld  it  be  picked  to  run  low  in  gold? 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  H. F. Miller , 




Erom  ^he  laboratory 


.  Orange  N . J . , Hay  11  th , 10 . 

Erank  1. Wilson, Esq.. , 

1107  -11  th.Avn., 

Altoona, Pa. 

My  dear  Sir:  Can  you  send  me  small  sample  of  the  different 
'varieties  of  your  ore  in  which  bismuth  occurs.. I  am  in  no  hurry  for  his 
nuth,but  am  looking  out  for  a  future  supply. 

I  have  found  a  new  use  for  it, hut  it'soost  to  me  at  orange 
Must  not  exceed  sixty  oenjrs  per  pound  of  J.tetalic  Bismuth; otherwise  I  ca 
nnot  substitute  it  for  the  devise  already  in  use. 

I  shall  probably  need, next  year, about  400  pounds  daily .which  will 
inci-eaoe.  Suppose  the  proper  way  would  be  to  concentrate  the  ore  to  hi¬ 
gh  grade  by  jigging  or  Wilfrey  Tables; or  even  make  a  rough  matte  of  the 
metal  ,uo  freight  rates  would  be  within  reason. 

Youre  very  truly, 

(signed)  Thomas  A. Edison. 


( COPY) 

Prom  the  Laboratory 

Orange ,N. J . , Aug. 9 ,1910. 

MR. Prank  L. Wilson, 

1107-11  th  Aye . , 

Altoona, Pa. 

Dear  Sir:  Mr  .Edison  directs  me  to  v/rite  you  and  ask  what  a- 
re  the  prospects  of  railroads  getting  near  the  Lucy  L.  Mismuth  Property 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Bigned)  H.P.Miller, 


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Ores.  d/tta/si  srf//oys, 

.  S&iJs.  Ways.  Warns.  Mutter. 

Mu//,  If'ooe/.  Mlmter.  Ot/V  UAnerat  STunt/s 

Mriyuettiny  MroeeSieS  ft  v//acA,'u«vy- 

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..Aug. . 2.3., . 1.9.12.. 

Mr.  Thoma  sd  .Ed  i  a  on 

My  dear  Sirs 

I  am  pleased  to  inform  you  that  vie  are  now  prepared 
to  furnish  you  Bisraoth^as  an  oxide  or  metal/any  per  cent 
you  may  desire ^amounting  to  10  tone  a  month;  kindly  therefore 
advise  me  what  quantities  you  can  use  and  at  what  price  per 
pound  ,or  ton  of  2000  lbs. 

Awaiting  an  early  reply. 

YCprs  truly. 

North  American  Selling 

meadow  croft. 

The  Alice  Harriman  Company 

Publishers  of  Fine  Books 

542  Fifth  Avenue 
New  York 

'  8/28/12  31  has* 

Mr. Thomas  Edison,  * 

O-agge ,  JS.Tf. 

7  Bear  'i  geTe,.ai  months  ago  X  w-oto  you  -elative  to  a  news- 
Bauer  article  relating  to  your  perfecting  steel  sheets  on 
which  type  could  be  used.  Unfortunately,  in  some  changes 
in  the  office,  the  letter-file  which  container  your  reply 
and  the  clipping  has  been  mislaid,  the-efo-o  1  cannot  -emem- 
be-  just  what  you  did  answer,  except  that  you  were  not  -eady 
to  put  it  on  the  market. 

X  ve-y  much  desi-e  to  see  you  or  some  of  your  men 
in  -ega-d  to  this  matter.  X  will  not  take  much  of  you-  time  , 
but  in  ten  minutes  “  could  tell  you  what  .  I  want  and  you  oould 
tell  me  what  I  want' to  know,  Whereas  I  aon  t  know.myself , 
exactly  about  the  steel-paper  enough  to  .write  intelligently. 

If  you  will  set  a  time  that  X  may  come-ove-,  you 
will  greatly  oblige  and  help,  ■  _ 


The  Alice  Harriman  Company 

Publishers  of  Fine  Books 

542  Fifth  Avenue 
New  York 

Mr .H.P. Miller, 
Orange,  N.J. 


iw  may  I  as 

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Dear  Mr.  Mi  Her: 

Thank  you  for  your  prompt  reply.  Mow  may  I  ask 

one  more  favor  ?  May  I  come  over  and 
those  "very  small  sheets,"  which  you  now  have,  and 
talk  witn  you  a  very  few  minutes  about  my  desi 
to  be  the  first  to  have  something  printed  on  t 
nickel  sheets.  It  would  mean  so  much  to  .me  i 
I  could  have  such  a  "scoop"  as  we  say  in  newspaperdom, 
as  that,  even  if  it. were  but  the  tinest  kind  of  a 

I  can  come  any  day  except  after  2'P.P.  on  Thursday. 

Yours  expectantly,  /• 

,  ~  v. . 



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T>eur  Sir; 

I  am  a  Mining  Engineer,  and  have  recently  been ^examining  t 
it,  commonly  called  "Bronzlte"  and,  after  muohlfwork  over  ti 
chemist  (A  her man  student),  says  that  those  rocks  contain  f 
and  a  half  per  cent  (1  to  1 of  "Tantalum",  and  that  sutr 
UBed  in  Electrical  appliances,  it  fc  entirely  new  and  3tr&m)e  t  le 

there  seems  to  he  fully  60.000  tons  of  the  rock  all  in  sight  re  t 


This  deposit  is  only  about  14  miles  from  the  rail  road,  and  o 
tracted,  milled  or  concentrated  for  Sii.oo  par  ton,  hut  the  process 
putting  the  "Btuff"  into  metallic  Tantalum,  is  way  beyond  me,  hut  1 
chemist  says  that  $8.oo  or  $10. oo  more,  per  ton,  will  make 
merchantable ,  ready  to  "draw  into  Tantalum  wires, 

If  this  interests  you,  I  can  make  arrangements  to  produce  the  metal  of 
"Tantalum"  very  cheaply,  according  to  the  Chemists  reports,  hut  if  it  is 
used  in  Electrical  appliances,  you,  of  course  know  all  about  it,  and  can 
give  me  its  value  in  the  market,  as  well  as  the  average  coBt  of  produc¬ 
tion,  under  the  ordinary  conditions. 

Hoping  that  something  may  c 

reference  to  metal  sheets  for  perforated. music  rolls. 

We  note  that  you  are  using  a  fine  sheet  niekle  cut  up 

into  minute  pieces  for  storage  battery,  purposes.  Would 
you  care  to  submit  us  samples  of  this  and  if  so  we  would 

Diet.  C.  G. 

your  favor  of  the  24th  and  thank  you  for  same,  and,  some  time 
when  the  writer  la  in  the  east  he  would  like  very  much  to  have 
the  pleasure  of  calling  and  seeing  these  metal  sheets  if  he  may 
he  extended  an  invitation  to  do  so . 

Thanking  you,  however,  for  the  courtesies  extended 
us  and  trusting  we  may  he  able  to  reciprocate  at  some  time,  heg 
to  remain, 

very  truly, 


The  Starr  Piano 

Gentlemen: - 

For  nearly  three  years  a  committee  of 
the  Amerioan  Library  Association  has  teen  looking 
into  the  matter  of  better  paper  on  which  to  print 
newspapers  for  library  binding  purposes.  I  under¬ 
stand  that  your  company  haB  a  soheme  to  produce  a 
thin  tjfg^niokel  foil  which  will  take  printing 
ink  and  could  be  used  for  durable  book  work.  If 
the  experiments  have  reached  a  practical  Btage  and 
you  are  able  to  give  information  with  regard  to 
cost  and  the  probable  use  of  the  material  by  news¬ 
papers,  X  shall  be  very  glad  to  receive  it. 

Very  truly  yours, 


Mr.  Frank  E.  Hill, 

Brooklyn  Public  Library, 
P.6  Brevoort  Place, 
Brooklyn*  H.  Y. 

Your  favor  of  the  86th  inat.  in  regard,  to 
thin  sheets  of  nickel  for  use  in  making  durable  books,  has 
been, received. 

In  the  development  of  ray  storage  battery, 
one  of  the  greatest . difficulties  I  encountered  was  to 
provide  a  material  for  insuring  perfect  eleotrioal  conductiv¬ 
ity  in  the  positive  tube.  After  a  vast  amount  of  experi- 
meriting.  I  concluded  to  use  pure  metallic  nickel  in  exceedingly 
fine  flakes.  The  process  for  making  this  was  developed 
after  much  labor,  and  thought.  The  result  was  the  production 
of  sheets  of  metallic  nickel  so  thin  that  EOu  of  them  ore  only 
about  the  thickness  of  an  ordinary  business  card.  For  our 
purpose  these  sheets  are  out  into  small  pieces,  about  1/16 
of  an  inch  square. 

In  this  product  I  saw  a  future  possibility 
of  using  sheets  of  metallic  nickel,  not  quite  so  thin  scours, 
for  making  books  that  .would  be  really  permanent.  I. mad® 
a  passing  reference  to  this  idea  in  talking  one  day  to  a 
newspaper  man,  and  I  presume  the  news  reached  ybu  through 
that  ohannol. 

The  foot  is,  the  extremely  attenuated  sheets 
that  wo  use  in  our  work  wouli  be  entirely  too  thin  for use 
in  books  and  to  produce  the  niokel  sheets  for  the  latter 
Srpose  woSd  inv^ve  a  lot !  of  •xperimen^and  special  apparatus 
before  a  standard  material  could  be_ obtained.  *  ®°ny'Bry 
busy  that  there  is  no  present  expectation  of  my  working  on 
3nbJeot ,  but  I  have  no  doubt  it  will  be  done  by  someone  in 
the  futttre. 

yours  very  truly, 


^<5**  December  31#  1912. 

k\  ii/iluj dip  oJJ. 

LW  boJT.a.-/vo*vt_ 

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VA^.  <Ci-u!Ev>-'£  rp  o-M<  <-o**-* 
apt  my  tmnko  'f  oj 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:» 

Please  aocept  liy"tfc[nks  'for  your  kind 
letter  of  December  28th  faplamitory  of--Ww--alekel 
sheets  used  in  your  process^,  When  yonfexporl- 
ments  have  reached  that  degree  of  perfection  which 
will  enable  you  to  print  upon  them  you  will  have 
achieved  a  great  thing  for  posterity.  The  paper 
now  used  in  newspaper  offices  is  of  suoh  a  charac¬ 
ter  that  the  bound  volumes  even  go  to  pieces  very 

Most  respectfully  yours. 


Chief  Librarian. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Mining  -  Ore  Milling  (E-12-58) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  Edison's  technologies  for  ore 
concentration.  The  documents  relate  primarily  to  Edison's  collaboration  with 
Henry  B.  Clifford,  a  mine  and  mill  operator  and  former  associate  of  humanist 
Robert  G.  Ingersoll,  who  applied  Edison's  technologies  at  sites  in  Colorado. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  inquiries  without  a 
substantive  reply  from  Edison.  A  few  of  these  inquiries  have  been  selected  as 
a  sample. 

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cth?  Si*  Chains 

Him  Orleans,  Ra. 

January  15th,  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.., 

Orange,  New  Jersey.  v|j§i  $.*7 
Dear  Hr.  Edison:- 

Eow  that  your  system  has  mastered  the  most  complex 
of  all  sulphide  concentrating  oreB  as  shown  by  the  recent  experi¬ 
ments  made  on  the  ^nnaoonda  copper,  iron  and  zinc  ores,  I 
think  that  you  will  agree  with  me  that  the  optimist  knew  what 
he  was  about  when  he  repeatedly  said  that  you  would  master  the 
concentration  proposition  and  eventually  revolutionize  the 
milling  of  low  grade  ore  of  a  sulphide  nature. 

I  wrote  Hr.  Miller  some  days  ago  asking  him  to 
forward  me  the  bill  of  expenses  for  December,  and  that  I  would 
forward  check. 

I  regret  that  I  am  not  with  you,  but  am  out  on  a 
matter  of  great  importance  to  you  and  myself:  That  is,  I  am 
arranging  to  have  the  first  Edison  concentrator  built,  upon  a 
mine  that  is  now  producing  four  thousand  tons  per  day.  I 
know  the  value  of  this  invention,  and  I  propose  that  there 
shall  not  only  come  additional  fame  to  you,  but  we  are  going 
to  get  a  lot  of  money  out  of  it.  yi 

With  kind  regards,  I  ,, - , 

question  of  the  model  plant'.  I  beg  your  indulgence  in  a  study  of  this 

You  know  how  hard  it  is  to  overcome  prejudice  of 
g«*ious  people,  and  I  am  as  jealous  of  anything  people  say  about  you 
as  any  of  your  friends. 

X  want  to,  by  oifo  act  remove  all  doubt  'as  to  the 
efficiency  of  the  Edison  Concentrator.  You  and  I  know  this  is  going 
to  be  a  success  and  in  the  end  it  will  revolutionize  all  concentration 
ideas,  but  unless  we  act  in  a  heroic  manner  we  are  going  to  face  the 
usual  doubts  and  side  Insinuations. 

I  do  not  want  to  wait  until  by  slow  process  the 
worthy  of  your  ideas  becomes  proven,  that  may  thke  years.  I  do  not 
want  to  be  explaining  that  while  you  are  master  of  Electricity  you 
are  master  of  the  most  vital  thing  in  mining,  concentration,  I  want 
to,  in  three  months,  by  doing  that  which  has  never,  before  been  done, 
forever  set  the  stamp  of  success  upon  this  invention. 

ah?  ,§i.(£ha?l?s 

ALFRED  S.AMER  &  CO., Ltd. 

Jlevo  Orleans,  Ha. 

#2  ■ 

If  we  VVW)/Lalong  In  a  little  disjointed  testing  plant  we  will 
never  get  the  confidence  we  want.  We  will  always  face  the  comments 
that  it  is  laboratory  work',  and  will  not  work  in  practice,  then  others 
will  say,  we  will  wait  until  a  plant  is  built,  and  so  it  will  go  until 
years  roll  by. 

How  Mr.  Edison  I  am  a  Mill  man.  I  know  your  ideas  will  work 
in  practice,  and  optimist  as  I  am,  it  is  because  I  bring  to  you  a  study 
of  sulphide  Concentration  running  through  thirty  years.  And  X  want  to 
beat^ these  pessimist  too  it.  Here  is  what  I  propose. 

We  will  build  at  Orange  a  real  50  ton  plant,  just  the  same 
SO  ton  plant  as  would  erect  in  Colorado,  Arizona  &  Nevada.  A  complete 
operating  plant,  Crushers,  Driers,  Washers,  Screens,  Blowers,  etc, 
all  in  place  and  workable  -  built  right  under  your  eye,  on  a  piece  of 
ground  100  x  150,  screen  towers  everything  perfect.  Then  we  will  have 
100  tons  of  ore  there,  and  when  we  are  ready  we  will  show  them  in  a 
manner  that  will  set  the  mining  world  talking.  Not  a  disjointed  plant, 
everything  running  like  clock  work.  I  know  this  is  going  to  cost  mere 
money  then  we  had  expected,  but  Henry  B.  Clifford  &  Co.  are  willing  to ^ 
pay  it,  so  I  trust  you  will  allow  me  to  do  this  unprecedented  thing,  to 
•prove  once  for  all  the  worth  of  your  inventions. 

Dont  worry  about  the  cost,  just  remember  that  it  will  be  a  perfect 
mill,  and  after  we  use  it  at  Orange  for  three  months,  I  can  move  it  to 
Montezuma  Colorado,  so  it  will  really  be  just  like  building  it  West,  the 

only  thing  is  we  pay  freight  and  dismantling  oharges. 

If  you  do  not  object  we  can  keep  the  plant  in  a  smaller  space 
by  using  elevators  like  Mason  has  at  Stewartsville,  instead  of  long 
Conveyors.  We  can  explain  that  the  Conveyor  system  will  go  in  large 
plants,  and  that  we  only  use  Elevators  on  account  of  lack  of  spaceT 

If  you  settle  on  the  site  and  the  elevator  system,  the  plans 
can  be  drawn  very  soon  and  by  erecting  under  your  eye.  Any  little 
defects  can  be  remedied. 

This  plant  will  mean  so  much  to  us.  We  show  our  confidence 
and  am'  not  afraid  of  the  result  -  so  dont  think  of  the  expense,  we 
will  stand  it. 

I  mean  to  erect  the  fi large  plant  -£S'"’a  world  known  mine. 

I  want  to  go  right  to  Utah  and  show  them  how  foolish  it  is  to  pay 
28  cents  per  ton  freight  from  Mines  to  Mills,  when  your  method  will 
do  it  right  at  the  Mine,  and  save  $2500.  per  day,  which  is  now  paid  to 

Dont  think  I  am  dreaming,  I  know  these  things  can  be  remedied^ 
from  the  experiments  we  have  made  aS  Orange,  I  know  we  can  revolutionize 
milling  -  so  lets  build  a  real  plant. 

Will  you  allow  us  to  do  it? 

I  await  your  reply. 

-SS6  Main  St„  Oranpre,  N.J, 
telephone  90,  Always  Open, 

12  BY  DS  40  HI 

Hew  OrleanB  la  «jan  21-12  '  * 

H  E  Miller 

Seoy  Thoa  A  Edison 

Orange  Hew  Jersey  . 

Statement  received  yesterday  and  check  for  one  thousand  was  mailed 
to  you  if  you  have  opportunity  get  Mr  Edison  to  write  me 
)  about  Building. the  practical  plant  per  his  letter  %sh  you  could  he 
here  to  enjoy  Mild  weather 

H  D  Clifford. ...2:15, A. M. 

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Federal  Investigations  of  OrerTreatment  Problems 

Feh.  8th,  1912 

'°1*  W’  "’wsldorf  Astoria  Hotel, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir!”  . 

Mi.,I  horeulth  pi....  «»«  Oono.ntr.tlo.  Report. 

«!„.  eight  .«.!»  01  Oonoontrotoo,  .Ight  of 

of  <**•  oro.  o onnioting  of  n.t.rl.1  pin.  l/*  »•■».  l/8 

„o.h,  .no  Pin.  18  nosh*  B.f.r.  th.».  .1 

taken ,  .11  th.  nat.ri.l  —  «*».*  *”"*  *«  30  *"ft  ”*  th““E,,‘ 

ly  ipixea.  The  OonoentratoB  or.  .11  nerk.0  1  along  with 

of  th.  »..h,  and  th.  .Riling.  •««  "8".  T«  Will  notlo. 

fro.  th.  report  thot  the  ««°*  •*  ““»«*'*  ‘B'  r“E 

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found  that  th.  lnrg.  nat.ri.l  pm.  1.  -  »•  ^ 

conoontrat.  noma  «.«  .0»1  shoot  %  t  of  th,  total  or.  handled. 
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rain.  oorro.ponai.gly  i,or.e..d  a«.r  no  »«  «»er.  th.  mine, 
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elhllity,  howerer,  oning  to  th.  nay  1»  nhloh  tho,  or.  ha.  to  be 
™.a.  of  .«U  plooos  of  gold.  «°  »'»•  ^  *° 

on.  or  .ore  pl.o«  of  ««■«•.  ■**>«  *  *W-  *  “ 

col.  W.T.C. 

Feb.  8th,  1912. 


slpe,  whioh  mould  he  light  ana  would  he  blown  over  Into  the 
Sails ;  thiB  may  raise  the  Tailing  value  considerably.  I  am 
a  little  afraid  of  thiB,  because  f  noticed  in  Panning  that 
material, which  was  supposed  to  be  30  mesh,  was  broken  up  by 
tho  action  of  the  water,  and  accounted  for  the  small  grains  of 
black  sand  found  by  lir.  Kdison  in  the  Tailing^  ^have^  there¬ 
fore,  soaked  some  40  mesh  Toils  in  water  and  twnunwed  them. 

The  material  which  remained  whole  is  marked  "X"  and  that  which 
broke  up  under  the  action  of  water  is  marked  "Z".  Should  "X" 
show  a  much  lower  value  than  the  other  Tails,  we  shall  know 
how  to  handle  the  ore  as  a  whole. 

Tours  truly. 


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She  40  Ke«h  Sailings  referred  to  in  my  letter, 
after  Bonking  in  water  on*  rosoreoning.  broke  up  so  that  46#  of  it 
passed  through  a  40  nosh  screen 


My  dear  Mr.  Edison:-  if  ■  4 

For  nearly  two  months  1  have  been  out  on  our  coimu^jr^* 
interest  in  reference  to  trying  to  introduce  your  patentiyi^  |/e 
crushing  and  separation  into  aotive  practice  in  the  preSiougpfceta^K 
mining  industry,  and  I  am  forced  to  say  that  X  meet  with^ 
deal  of  disoouragemont ,  for  the  reason  that  those  interests 
mining  machinery  are  entirely  against  the  ideas  as  entertained 
by  yourself,  but  which  I  know  are  the  true  ideas  and  those  that 
must  eventually  prevail,  and  that  in  years  to  come  the  mining 
world  will  appreciate  that  you  did  more  towards  simplifying 
oonoentration  than  any  man  of  the  last  generation. 

It  is  true  that  so  far  our  joint  efforts  on  the  concen¬ 
tration  of  sulphide  ores  has  not  been  perfected  to  a  commercial 

point,  and  Mr.  Valentine  has  informed  mo  of  the  results  of  the 
last  experiment,  which  have  not  proven  fully  satisfactory,  but 
I  have  all  along  told  you  that  the  basis  of  all  of  your  concen¬ 
trating  practice  and  the  hope  of  future  sucoess  lay  in  the  effi¬ 
ciency  of  your  rolls  and  pulverizers,  where  large  tonnage  can 
be  obtained;  that  they  are  comparatively  useless  for  the  average 
tonnage  of .fifty  or  one  hundred  tons  a  day,  but  with  your  screens, 
blower  devices,  dryers,  crushers,  conveyors  and  other  interesting 
features  pertaining  to  oonoentration  I  believe  that  by  hard  work 
and  capital  expenditure,  we  can  get  them  established  in  this  country 


convinced  that  they  will  work  ae  efficiently  upon  hard  quartz  as 
they  do  upon  cement  rook  and  clinker,  but  I  have  no  way  of  con¬ 
vincing  the  larger  mining  interests  that  this  is  the  case,  and 
the  fact  that  your  rolls  have  never  worked  on  anything  of  a 
precious  metal  character  enables  the  skeptics,  and  those  who  are 
adverse  to  your  progressive  ideas,  to  olaim  that  they  will  not 
work  on  quartz.  Both  you  and  I  know  that  this  is  not  the  truth, 
and  not  only  will  they  work  on  quartz,  but  they  will  prevent,  to 
a  large  degree,  a  oertain  par  cent  of  sliming. 

Now,  Mr.  Edison,  as  near  as  I  can  learn, you  have  about 
eight  years  on  the  rolls,  dryers,  screens,  etc.,  and  after  that, 
your  efforts  in  this  direction  will  be  stolen  by  everyone  today 
not  willing  to  credit  you  with  the  efficiency  of  these  devices, 
so,  if  we  are  to  make  any  money  out  of  these  inventions  of  yours 
through  applying  them  to  the  precious  metal  industry,  we  have  got 
to  act  quioklyj  and,  therefore,  I  am  willing  to  undertake  to  see 
that  these  rolls,  and  other  inventions  of  yours  for  crushing  de¬ 
vices,  are  introduced,  and  the  only" way  to  introduce  them  is  to 
build  some  large  commercial  plant  in  the  West  and  show  in  practice 
their  effioienoy.  Now, it  is  not  possible  to  get  anyone  to  put 

up  this  money  and  it  naturally  falls  to  the  firm  of  Henry  B. 
Clifford  &  Company  to  raise  the  needed  funds,  which  is  going  to 
amount  to  considerable,  and  as  your  interest  is  not  directed  to 
ore  concentration  entirely,  I  would  like  to  undertake  this  matter, 
and  if  you  elect ,  share  with  you  half  and  half  any  of  the  profits 
that  may  be  won  through  the  royalty  side,  or  otherwise,  through 
the  introduction  in  the  West,  Mexioo  and  Oanada  and  general 
South  American  countries,  of  the  crushers,  the  rolls,  the  dryers, 


/J/  .  , 

the  blowers ,  the  conveyors ,  the  screens,  oil  devices,  and 
any  other  thing  that'  you  may  have  that  is  today  not  earning  you  a 
dollar  from  a  royalty  standpoint,  as  applied  to  the  precious  metal 
industry,  including  the  efforts  that  we  are  now  Jointly  interested 
in  at  your  plant.  Therefore,  as  I  say,  you  oan  either  go  in 
with  me,  and  I  will  do  the  work  and  furnish  the  oapital  to  intro¬ 
duce  this  machinery,  opening  an  office  in  Denver,  Colorado  for 
that  purpose,  and  give  you  one-half  of  whatever  royalties  we  .nay 
win  through  the  introduction  of  this  maohinery ,  and  any  new 

devices  that  you  may  patent  under  the  experiments  now  under  way, 
or,  if  you  do  not  want  to  go  in  half  and  half,  as  stated  herein  I 
will  take  and  give  you  nopoo  a  year,  or  $80,000  for  the  eight 
remaining  years  that  your  patents  are  to  run,  ■  and  I  tahe  all  the 
risk  and  all  the  gain,  and  I  to  introduce  your  machinery  simply 
as  any  merchant  would  introduce  maohinery,  without  connecting  you 
with  any  of  the  enterprises  in  which  the  machinery  is  involved, 
or  associating  you  in  any  form  other  than  the  name  Edison  crushers 
and  rolls  maybe  used  in  their  sale  to  mining  companies,  and  my 
territory  to  be  only  in  Canada,  the  United  States,  and  Mexico, 
and  that  I  oan  only  sell  such  crushers,  rolls,  blowers,  and  general 
devices  to  the  precious  metal  industry,  and  in  no  manner  invade 

any  other  field. 

Of  course,  Mr.  Edison,  $10,000  is  not  a  great  deal  to 
you,  and  I  would  prefer  you  would  go  in  half  and  half  with  me, 
because  I  expect  to  make  more,  and  on  that  assumption  we  are 
willing  to  risk,  and  we  will  build  the  first  great  plant  using 
your  machinery  upon  the  mines  that  we  are  personally  interested 
in  at  Idaho  Springs,  Colorado. 

In  considering  this  offer,  Just  remember  that  today 


-  4  - 



you  are  not  drawing  one  penny  from  the  preoiou3  metal  industry 
through  royalties  for  the  use  of  your  rolls,  or  concentrating 
devices,  so  that  I  take  a  new  field  and  plonBer  it  as  against  all 
the  machinery  houses  of  this  country,  and. I  have  to  get  the  as¬ 
sistance  of  other  capital  because  this  may  be  a  long  and  hard 
fight,  but  the  years  are  rolling  along,  months  pass  rapidly,  and 
I  want  to  get  to  work  on  it.  So,  will  you  kindly  advise  me 
as  to  your  views  on  either  dividing  with  me  the  royalties  for 
the  introduction  of  these  plants,  or  the.  acceptance  of  $10,000 
a  year  flat  for  eight  years,  as  stated  herein;  and  if  you  accept 
either  part  of  the  propositions,  Henry  B.  Clifford  &  Oo.  will 
enter  into  a  contract,  as  stated  herein.  Kindly  answer  to 
the  Congress  Hotel,  Chioago,  Illinois. 

With  high  personal  regard,  I  am, 

To  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 


>ECV12  S  ,  GHAMAM  CO.,  A1UZONA 

Port  Huron^Mlcli., 

(MlK  s 


The  Edison  Comppny,  ,V^ 

East,  Orange,  M.J. 


Indirectly  we  have  heard  of  an  invent: 

Edison's,  which  we  were  given  to  understand  was  anliiief^fc 
smelter  for  uso  in  mining  district  where  water  w M  unavaila^ 
7/e  are  very  much  interested  in  this  mamor,  and  if 
our  information  is  correct,  we  would  lilce  very  much  to  hear 
from  you  with  a  description  of  the  machine,  Ifi  possible,  and 
information  as  to  when  it  will  he  placed  on  the  market. 

Awaiting  your  reply  with  interest,  wo  are 

Respectfully  yours. 



Antpam  Mn\n#  (Hantpattg 

541-543  Srtxcl  Suttbhuj 

Dear  Sir:- 

.  February  14,  1912.  - 

Ki~5  ^J&zffXZL 

Vo  are  la  the  mining  and  mfllSg  bueile^ii^Mdxiel. 

Our  mill  is  run  by  the  cyanide  process,  tmAlheLve  not  iked  in  the 
magazine  called  "Popular  Electricity"  therf^thTi cyanide  process 
was  henefitted  very  much  hy  the  introduction  of  an  eleotrio  current 
which  X  think  was  said  to  he  done  in  the  zinc  boxes,  which  are  used 
in  the  cyanide  process.  I  have  conferred  with  Mr.  James  McLaughlin 
of  Philadelphia  the  chief  of  the  Electrical  Bureau  with  whom  X 
believe  you  are  acquainted,  about  this  process,  and  I  am  getting  on 
from  our  Manager  and  mill  man  in  Mexico  a  detailed  statement  of  his 
way  of  running,  for  Mr.  McLaughlin  said  that  the  current  used  was 
not  to  be  too  powerful,  and  that  the  conditions  of  the  running  of 
our  plant  was  to  be  considered  so  as  to  calculate  what  voltage  the 
current  should  be  that  is  introduced.  If  you  have  any  information 
to  give  or  have  had  any  experience  in  this  line,  I  should  like  to 
hear  from  you. 

This  article  in  the  magazine  stated  that  instead  of 
taking  48  hours  with  the  percentage  of  seven-tenths,  that  it  could 
be  done  by  using  this  electric  current  in  connection  with  it  in 
two  and  one-half  hours,  and- the  percentage  redeemed  would  be  nine- 

Hoping  to  hear  from  you,  I  am 

Sincerely  yours, 

i- President.  ^ 


Mr.  ThoB.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey, 

Dear  Sir;* 

Silverton,  Colorado,  v\' 

February  14,1913. 


We  desire  to  write  you  thisjlptter^ 

<l_n.<yv^crY^\ci  Cov*ci 

and  to  receive  an  answer  from  you  if  convenient.  >  __ 

This  San  Juan  District  c  over s5n  area  of  three  thousand  square.^ 
miles  of  well  mineralized  territory .  There  0xi0!k0‘ her®  Pr,9$ 

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as  many  combinations  of  or|s  as  arerto  bri  found  in  t] 
mining  regions.  Our  State  Geologist,  R.D. George 
ment ; — 

"Of  the  Eighty  elements  known  to  science  the  ori^pdies  of 
the  Silverton  Area  contain  at  least  twenty  seven  in  ^arTous  c~m“ 
binations  and  associations." 

The  Sulphide  ores  are  usually  concentrated  arid  the  resultant 
concentrates  are  shipped  to  the  smelters.  It  ijs'  Bafe  to  say  that 
at  least  thirty  per  cent  of  the  metallic  values  of  these 
are  lost  in  the  process  of  milling  and  that  a  further 
sustained  in  smelting,  especially  in/zinc  smelting.  Th: 

state-  * 

loss  to  our  nation  of  $100,00.0^000  and  the  lo&g 

might  constitute  the  majo^/pp^tion  of  a 




This  District  contains  all  the  combinations  of  ores  to  be 
found  in  Colorado  and  therefore,  more  than  likely,  in  all  the 
West.  It  is  evident  that  when  the  problem  is  solved  for  the 
San  Juan  ores  that  it  is  solved  for  the  entire  West. 

We  understand  that  Mr..  Jas.  ?I.  Reid,  the  inventor  of  the 
Reid  system  of  smelting  electrically,-  was  formerly  connected 
with  your  establishment  in  some  way.  If  you  can  take  the  time 
to  do  so  we  will  consider  it  a  great  favor  to  this  District 
for  you  to  give  us  such  information  as  you  see  fit,  as  to  the 
success  of  the  Reid  Smelter  in.  treating  ores. 

The  people  of  this  western  country  would  be  greatly  pleased 
if  you  would  cause  the  problem  of  this  large  District  to  be  inves¬ 
tigated  in  ofder  to  ascertain  whether  or  not  you  have  a  solution 
for  this  problem. 

Very  Respectfully  Yours 

The  Silveiton  Commercial-piub. 

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97  Vandergrift  Building; 

Pittsburgh,  Pa.  February  37,1913. 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J.  FEB. '-^8  vl'd 

Dear  Sir:- 

Vie  are  informed  by  Mr.  H.  fl.  Clifford  that  if  we  will 
ship  a  ton  of  our  milling  ore  to  your  at  your  Orange,  N.  J.  address 
you  will  test  the  same  and  make  uo  a  proposition  for  the  erection 
of  a  mill  at  our  property  in  Montana.  Will  you  please  write  us 
stating  if  we  are  correctly  informed  and  that  you  will  pay  the  freight 
on  the  ore  when  delivered  you  by  the  Railroad  Company.  Immediately 
on  the  receipt  of  which  we  will  forward  the  ore  as  stated. 

Very  truly  yours, 





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My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

OnTjff’.angdTij'eb  ■  29.  1912. 

Mr.  Ballontine  infonns  me  you  do  not  oare  to  patent 
the  table  and  your  wishes  are  the  ones  I  respeot.  Thus  I 
wired  you  from  Detroi^That  litt'le  table  idea  will  permit  a  man 
with  only  10  tons  per  day  to  get  a  oonoentrate.  The  idea  is 
ahead  of  anything  we  have  for  fine  work,  but,  of  course,  if  the 
water  idea  wins  there  will  be  no  need  of  fine  tables. 

I  have  such  faith  in  you  that  I  feel  you  are  going' to 
make  this  thing  so  simple  that  we  will  be  able  to  oonoentrate  a 
1$  ore,  but  unless  you  patent  your  ideas,  how  are  you  and  ourselves 
going  to  make  anything  out  of  it , for  if  you.  show  h  simple  thing 

and  it  is  not  proteoted,  you  khow  everybody  will  use  it  and  never 
think  a  word  about  the  inventor. 

We  will  not  be  able  to  buy  ore  or  tie  it  up  for  men 

will  simply  put  in  the  results  of  your  brains. 

I  may  appear  optimistio  to  you,  but, Mr.  Edison,  I 
appreoiate  mining  oonditions  tod  I  know  you  are  going  to  do  just 
what  I  wrote  you  last  June  you  wouid  -  make  it  possible  to  handle 
a  low  grade  sulphide,  wet  or  dry,  and  I  know  the  value  of  it  as  1 
am  today  interested  in  some  of  the  best  mills  in  Colorado;  but  I 
today  oonsider  them  junk  ~  that's  why  I  am  anxious  for  you  to 
patent  this.  idea.  I  am  willing  to  pay  all  the  oost  of  patent  - 
jUBt  that  you  oan  get  what  you  are  entitled  to.  you  know  a. 
simple  thing  like  controlled  water  will  be  stolen  in  a  day. 

Mr.  Edison.  ~  2  ~ 

X  am  en  route  on  a  proposition  of  30,000,000  tons  of 
tails.  The  Anaconda  people  have  a  tailing  dump  containing  about 
154  copper,  a  little  silver  and  gold.  This  product  is  already 
mined  and  crushed;  its  better  than  1#  copper  yet  to  be  mined. 
Will  send  $100  in  freight  of  these  tails  to  see  what  we  can  do 
with  them.  You  know  if  you  perfect  that  water  system  we  will 
pot  get  those  tails  as  cheaply  as  we  can  today;  that's  why  the 
prooess  troubles  me  from  the  patent  side. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,.  N.  J. 

Lessee’s  Attention. 

Ground  Open  For  Operation  in  the  Colorado 

Central  and  Waldorf  Mines 

Determining  to  operate  our  mining  interests  in  the  Georgetown  District,  we  offer 
special  inducements  to  those  who  desire  to  lease  in  any  of  the  properties  under  our  control. 

We  feel  that  it  is  to  the  interest  of  all  mine  principals,  and  those  leasing  under  them, 
that  a  unity  of  action  should  prevail,  and  to  a  reasonable  extent  credit  extended  to  those  who 
desire  to  venture  in  old  ground,  where  it  is  not  expected  that  immediate  shipments  can  be 
made.  Therefore,  as  far  as  our  properties,  or  those  operated  by  the  Clifford  Exploration 
Co.,  are  concerned,  we  will  assist  leasers  who  desire  to  open  ground  in  the  Colorado  Central 
or  Waldorf  mines  to  the  following  extent: 

With  ...  miners  who  -  agree  ,o  ho  oortarn  work,  .»<>  «*** 
oontraots.  »e  wil.  make  one  yea,  leases,  granting  them  speeiBed  b.oeks  of  ground, 
whleh  they  are  to  work  in  worknum.ike  manner  upon  the  Mowing  royalties  and  conditions, 

fb  In  the  old  works  of  the 
smelter  rflfums  on  all  ore  01 

Colorado  Central  the  royalty  will  be  twelve  percent  upon  the  net 
r  concentrates  up  to  fifteen  dollars  per  ton.  On  all  ore  between 

fifteen  and  twenty  dollars,  seventeen  percent.  On  all 

between  twenty  and  forty  dollars 

-hve  percent,  and  on  all  ores  over  forty  and  up  to  Three  Hundred  Dollars,  thirty 
,  royalty  to  be  figured  after  cost  of  transportation,  sampler  and  smelting  charges 

have  been  deducted.  These 

o  apply  for  one  year  only. 

We  will  put  the  Marshall  tunnel  in  workable  condition,  and  as  fast  as  possible  repair 
the  main  shaft,  also  open  the  Ocean  Wave  tunnel;  Leasers  to  do  their  own  tool  sharpening 
and  tunnel  car  work,  we  supplying  needed  cars,  blacksmith  outfit  and  forge  coal. 

/"  We  wil1  °Pen  accounts  with  men  who  desire  to  open  old  ground  and  will  extend  them 
^  credit  for  all  timbers,  powder,  fuse  and  tools  that  they  use,  and  where  necessary,  credit  for 
board  will  be  extended,  and  a  little  cash  for  urgent  necessities,  we  will  also  advance  on  ore 
in  transit  to  smelters.  These  credits  to  be  extended  until  shipping  ore  has  been  opened  and 
smelter  returns  received,  whereupon  an  equitable  system  of  a  repayment  of  the  accumulated 
accounts  can  be  arranged,  deducting  the  same  from  the  shipments  in  excess  of  the  regular 
royalties,  but  the  full  debt  will  not  be  taken  out  until  the  leaser  can  afford  it;  After  ore 
shipments  commence,  a  certain  part  of  the  back  debt  is  to  be  paid  each  month,  our  object 
being  to  give  men  a  chance  to  speculate  in  the  rich  Colorado  Central  ground  by  maintaining 
them  during  their  dead  work,  and  if  they  do  not  win,  the  amount  they  owe  us  will  never 
be  called  for,  we  speculating  that  they  will  win,  for  the  Colorado  Central  has  produced 
$8,000,000  during  a  period  when  $20  ore  was  worthless. 

\^The  Waldorf  properties  being  opened  recently,  and  large  ore  bodies  exposed,  the  royalty 
will  be  twenty-five  percent  on  all  ore  up  to  thirty  dollars  per  ton,  and  thirty  percent  on  all 

,rs,  thirty 
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end  them 
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After  ore 
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ore  between  thirty  dollars  and  fifty  dollars  per  ton,  and  a  flat  royalty  of  thirty-five  percent 
on  all  ore  over  fifty  dollars. 

We  will  extend  the  same  line  of  credits  to  men  working  in  the  Waldorf  that  we  extend 
to  the  leasers  in  the  Colorado  Central,  and  carry  them  during  the  Winter  months. 

We  believe,  that  with  improving  conditions,  the  lower  grade  ore  of  Western  Clear 
Creek  can  be  made  commercial,  and  we  further  believe  that  there  are  many  good  miners  in 
Georgetown  who  would  like  to  risk  in  such  mines  if  given  fair  treatment  and  a  helping 
hand  when  deserved.  This  we  wish  to  do  that  the  principal  and  the  leaser  may  assist  each 
other  during  the  period  when  assistance  is  needed. 

The  same  terms  will  apply  to  our  Idaho  Springs  holdings  after  'June  1st,  especially  the 
Silver  Age,  Franklin,  and  Crown  Point  Mines. 



Idaho  Springs,  Colorado. 

March  28th,  1912. 


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Anaconda, Montana,  April  9-V. ,1915!.— 

OKAS  1 01  iS.—  TuUingo  for  Tost  Purposes.. 

Hr.  Thonus  A.  Edison,. 

Orange,  ”ev;  Jorsey.. 

Dear  f!ir:~ 

Hareii  C9‘.h 
of  ore  v?ei 

roponso  to  a  talneram  from  Hr.  Clifford  .dated  Pittsburgh 
3  sending  you  by  freight  -  aoo  B/L  attached,-  11  kegs 
*,s  roally  tailings  from  the  V'ashoe 



Hew  York,  April  10,  1912. 


Ee:  Shipment  of  Ohio  mine 
run  ore  to  T. A. Edison, 
Orange,  H.J. 

Mr.  H.  B.  Clifford, 

O/o  Waldorf-Astoria,  City. 
My  dear  Clifford: - 

I  heg  to  advise  you  that  I  have  written  to 
my  Salt  Lake  offioe  to  ship  immediately  upon  receipt  of  letter, 
One  (1)  tqnof  mine  run  ore,  all  charges  eolleot,  including 

t>ass,  *~ts~ 

<7  O  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

ana  will  advise  you 
been  made. 

Orange,  H.  J. 

when  I  receive  advice  that  shipment  has 

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X  never  like  to  bother  you  about  matters,  but  when  I  have  been 
urgihg  you  to  patent  this  river  concentrator  it  was  because  I 
have  become  thoroughly  disgusted  with  my  own  people  identified  With 
the  mining  industry.  I  never  realized  until  I  joined  you  how  cheap 
and  small  are  the  engineers  and  larger  operators  in  the  mining  . 
business.  I  have  always  myself  been  willing  to  help  anyone  that 
was  struggling  to  do  something  that  was  an  improvement  on  some¬ 
thing  that  existed,  but  I  have  found, since  you  and  I  started  into 
this  concentration;  business,  that  the  human  race  can  be  as  small 
as  is  conceivable.  I  have  not  teoubled  you  by  telling  you 
what  I  have  faced  in  trying  to  interest  people  into  the  belief 

that  youwould  eventually  create  a  new  system  of  concentra¬ 
tion  and  thereby  benefit  the  entire  world,  just  as  you  have  done 
frequently  in  other  instances,  but  X  am  completely  disgusted 
with  the  non-progress  of  people  vihom  I  would  suppose  would  be 
willing  to  make  personal  sacrifices  to  assist  in  the  creation  of 
new  idea. 

My  own  friends,  who  are  numbered  among  the  leading 

mining  people  of  the  United  States,  have  been  shown  up  absolutely 

devoid  of  sentiment  or  progress.  Enclosed  is  a  letter  that 

speaks  eloquently  of  what  my  own  friends  think,  for  here  they 

en  charge  me  up  with  the  bags  wheh  I  asked  them  to  send  you  a 

ton  of  ore,  and  it  has  been  this  throughout  the  whole  thing. 

Etfen  in  the  case  of  Buffalo  Bill,  I  had  to  pay  $26  for  ore 

and  in  every  case  they  have  sent  me  the  ore  charges  collect. 

If  it  had  been  myself  or  you  and  some  other  man  was  trying  to  do 
something  we  would  have  taken  off  our  coats  and  tried  to  help  him. 

I  have  given  up  all  intention  of  trying  to  do  anything  for  them. 

I  shall  say  no  more  of  it  to  them,  but  you  and  I  will  go  along 

slowly  and  perfect  this  concentrator  and  after  it  is  perfected, 

X  will  make  an  effort  at  my  own  expense  to  build  a  real  mill 

on  my  own  property,  and  if  you  patent  this  concentrator  I  will 

try  and  make  them  pay  for  their  laughing  remarks  about  two 


good  dreamers  on  concentration:  Edison  and  Clifford;  tut  we 
are  going  to  win  this  thing  out,  and  we  are  going  to  make  a 
new  map  for  milling,  and  perhaps  we  will  make  them  laugh 
the  way  you  have  made  them  laugh  before  after  you  have  heat 
your  inventions  into  popularity.  Thus  you  can  appreciate  how 
thankful  I  am  that  you  have  at  last  determined  to  patent  that  ri¬ 
ver  idea. 

X  have  told  Mr.  Ballantine  a  lot  of  things  from  a 
practical  standpoint  and  I  have  explained  to  him  that  it  is  nec¬ 
essary  to  put  the  screening  system  into  a  separate  floor  by  it¬ 
self,  and  further  that  "it^Lneoessary  to  bump  the  screens  . 

It  was  my  idea  of  building  a  separate  sluice  to  wash  out  frh  e 
crushed  material  and  partially  tsize  it  before  sending  to  the 
screens.  We  will  see  how  it  workB. 

With  kind  regards,  I  am,  aja  ever 


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j jy  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

How  that  we  commence  to  see  daylight  with  the 
machineless  concentrator  and  its  enormous  possibilities  ap¬ 
parent,  X  am  going  to  bring  before  you  the  reasons  I  came  to  you 
and  just  how  I  propose  to  work,  that  you  may  be  thinking  over 
the  same  thing. 

Por  years  I  have  had  in  mind  the  elimination  of  75^  of 
general  smelting,  that  is,  smelting  and  freighting  worthless 
silica.  The  average  charge  for  smelting  all  ores  figures  close 
on  to  $7  per  ton,  but  this  is  not  the  worst  part  of  it;  the  miner 
is  virtually  robbed  out  of  a  large  percentage  of  his  copper  and 
lead.  In  other  words,  in  buying  a  sulphide  ore  containing  2 f, 
copper  or  $6  for  present  market  value  for  refined  copper,  they 
only  pay  for  l/2  of  and  then  only  at  the  rate  of  7  cents  per 
pound;  on  all  copper  settlements  they  deduct  1-x/zfo  of  copper 


for  which  they  pay  nothing.  Then  on  lead  they  pay  for  nothing 
until  the  contents  exceed  5ft'  and  then  only  on  the  excess  over  5$. 
Thus  they  kill  100  pounds  of  lead.  How  you  may  he  startled  at 
this,  hut  I  am  enclosing  you  the  ore  sheet  of  the  so-called 
smelter  trust,  put  out  in  ay  own  distriot,  to  show  you  this  out¬ 
rage  does  exist.  Please  return  this  sheet  to  me. 

Then  if  the  ore  contains  more  silica  they  feel  it  should, 
they  charge  10  cents  per  unit,  as  a  penalty  on  silica  over  the 
flat  rate  of  smelting,  which  in  our  district  is  $5  per  ton.  How 
you  see  where  the  miner  is.  He  is  stung  for  l-l/2  of  copper, 

5 <f0  lead  and  12#  of  zinc  besides  this  great  smelting  charge  with 
the  silica  penalties  added.  Then  if  his  ore  is  excessive  in  zinc 
he  is  penalized  still  more.  This  is  the  reason  so  many  little 
mines  are  closed  down. 

I  have  two  of  the  best  concentrating  mills  in  Colorado, 
hut  the  actual  cost  of  treating  is  90  cents  per  ton;  then  we 
losfi  30 %  in  the  tails,  for  the  reason  that  the  water  carries  off 
the  200  mesh  material  and  we  do  not  crush  fine  enough  up  to 
70  mesh.  Our  concentrates  pay  an  average  of  $4  per  ton  for 
smelting,  $1  per  ton  freight;  they  deduct  $100  an  ounce  from 
their  gold  contents  and  5^  of  the  silver,  in  addition  to  the 
l-l/2^  of  copper,  5 %  of  lead  and  12^  of  zinc. 

v  i  realized  \hat  we  must  get  rid  of  the  freight  M~ 
silica  sulphur  and  water  and  the  smelting  charges  on  silica, 
and  get  for  ourselves  that  l-l/^copper  and  5#  lead,  doing 
away  with  the  flat  smelter  charge,  and  X  am  going  to  do  it  with 
your  aid,  and  that  is  why  I  want  you  to  study  ny  plans. 

With  your  machineless  concentrator  we  will  eliminate 
90 %  of  all  silica  at  the  small  cost  which  you  and  I  know.  Now 
the  freight  item  i s  gone  and  we  save  two  thirds  of  the  present 
30*  loss  in  our  present  mills,  for  the  reason  that  nothing  is 
washed  down  the  creek.  We  have  now  concentrated  hy  your  idea 
up  to  250  mesh.  So  our  next  problem  i  s  to  Wat  the  deductions 
of  copperhead  and  that  $1  per  ounce  gold,  and  we  cam  do  it 
and  here's  the  way: 

As  we  concentrate  we  keep  eabh  size  hy  itself.  We 
make  an  unclean  concentrate  in  the  machineless  concentrator, 
then  we  move  the  concentrates  off  to  a  separate  sluice  and  there 
clean  them  down  to  10*  silica-cost  practically  nothing-we 
keep  the  sizes  to  themselves  yet.  If  we  have  a  complex  ore  of 
iron,  copper,  lead  and  zinc,  we  separate  the  metals.  If  we 
can, without  fusing  the  lead  or  volatizing  the  zinc,  we  make 
the  iron  and  copper  megnetic.  them  out .  Then  reconcentrate 

the  residue  lead  and  zinc,  and  the  zinc  will  go  out,  I  believe 



juet  as  the  tails  go  out  from  the  crude  ore,  leaving  the  lead. 

These  two  metals  will  he  shipped  to  smelters,  and  hy  bringing 
the  lead  contents  to  40^  we  get  paid  fqr 111  Wel1  38 

^^h£in^Tentrate;i  We^ilT now  have  60^  of  the  total 

weight  of  the  concentrate  in  the  iron  and  copper  sulphides, 

These  we  put  in  a  self-roaster  and  at  a  cost  of  16  cents  per 
ton  of  2,000  lbs.  we  roast  out  the  sulphur  and  put  the  entire 
mass  down  into  an  oxide;  this  oxide  we  throw  out  on  a  draining 
patio  and  hy  charging  water  over  it  we  drive  out,  hy  this 
natural  leaching,  the  copper.  I  can  do  this  while  you  have 
been  on  the  cnnoentrating  end  of  this  problem.  I  have  had  skill¬ 
ful  men  in  the  city  of  Philadelphia  working  on  this  and  its  a__ 
go4  and  just  as  simple  as  your  concentrator.  I  entered  into  this 
with  a  determination  to  win  and  we  are  going  to  win  and  save 
that  l-l/2  copper. 

After  we  leach  out  the  copper,  then  we  leave  the 
residue  containing  gold  and  silver  in  a  physically  fine  condi¬ 
tion  for  cyaniding  and  hy  running  the  roasted  material  through 
the  crushers  we  break  up  any  porous  lumps  and  then  all  goes  to 
the  cyanide  and  at  a  cost  of  95  cents  per  ton  we  get  96^  of 

the  gold  and  90/  of  the  silver.  I  have  tried  this  also  and  it 

can  he  done. 


I  now  see  daylight  for  the  low  grade  ords  of  the 
west,  and  further  the  maohineless  concentrator  will  heat  all 
magnetic  separators  and  its  possible  to  make  commercial  large 
bodies  of  even  15$  iron  ore,  for  by  the  new  idea  we  wash  out 
all  aSitSPand  alumina, and  I  predict  that  every  dollar  you  lost 
at  Edison  and  Dunderberg  will  be  won  back.  Just  study  over 
this  and  watch  that  water  sizer.  We  are  going  to  even  save 
60$  of  the  present  wear  and  tear  on  the  Edison  screen, as  small 
as  the  wear  is.  Get  the  papers  on  to  Washington  as  soon  as  you 



♦Car  LoaflB  (18  '.Pons)  SiliceouB  and  Copper  OroB. 

Cold  §13 -no  per.  OR.  up  to  8  ORB. 

019.50  "  "  ovor  8  Ozb. 

Silver-  95%  of  New  York  Quotation  day  of  annoy. 
Copper-  1. 50  off  wot  aBBay. 

IP  Up  to  6%$dry)  7/  off  K.Y.  price. 

Over  5  to  10%  (dry)  6/  off  N.Y.  prioo. 

"  10%  (dry)  6/  off  K.Y.  prioo. 

f'.ino-,  10%[  limit.  ^gnalty^BO/^for^onok^over  10. 

Smelt or  Charges.  65%  Bilioa. 

Up  to  §14.oo  (GroBB  Value)--  §4.oo 
§14.oo  to  $80/oo$Grosa  Value )- 

80. oo 
30.  oo 
40. oo 
50. oo 
75 .  oo 
100. oo 

30.  oo 
40.  oo 
50.  oo 
”  75.ob 

"  lOO.oo 
&  up 

.6. SO 
10. 00 

Under  65%  Silica. 











-Car  Iota- 

Up  to  §36.00  {  OfiosB  Value  ) — -■ 
§35.00  to  §80.oo  (  Gross  Value)- 
§80.00  &  up  "  " 

-§3.60  per  ton. 

-  4.ob  "  " 

-  4.60  "  ■  " 

Gold  §19.00  por  On.  up  to  8  Ozb. 

§18.50  "  "  over  8  Ozb. 

Silver  96%  of  N.  Y.  Quotation. 

Copper  name  as  in  ores.  . 

Kino  limit  5%.  30/  penalty  for  eaoh  %  over  6. 
Silioa  limit  10%.  10/  ponalty  for  eaoh  %  over  10 ._ 


***Under  Car  Loads  Lots.*** 

Sampling  and  Freight.  Oro. 

i  One  ton  and  under-  $S.oo  aampling,  Freight  $8.00  por  ton. 

*  One  ton  to  three  tona-  'Sampling  and  freight  $4. 00.  £or  .Ij??!  *,» 
Throe  tonB  to  Oar  lota-  Sampling  $1.50,  freight  $1. 00  psrpson# 

,*************  ***********>1 



Sampling  and  Freight. 

Under  two  tona-  Sampling  &L.00.  Freight|l.5°  and  $8.oo  por  ton. 
Two  tona  to  Cor  lota*-  Sampling  50^ p  Freight  ^l,oo#vle50  &  »oo 

Pay  for* Gold  und  Silver  -One  ton  and  under  90$,  One  ton  to  Car 
*********** **************** 

Smelting  Charges  — 


-(Gross  Value)— 


6.50  . 


10. 00 


Zino  limit  10$,  50 / 
penalty  for  eaoh 
$  over  10$. 

Fo  other  condition 


Smelter  Ohargoa.  OonoentratoB, 

Up  to  $35.00 - - Gross  Value- 

$35.oo  to  $80.oo— - ,  "  " 

$80.oo  Sup  " 




Zino  limit  5$,  30/  penalty  for  each  $  over  5. 
Silioa  limit  10$,  10/  penalty  for  eaoh  $  over  10. 

.  ^Q-Q  —fc-  7/ 

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^W-  *3*  S'  / 




For  Lead  ores  and  ConoontratoB  (  Clear  Crook  and  Gilpin  Countien ) 
All  Rat ob  F.  0.  B.  Curs  Denver. 

Bead  Or ob. 

Gpld-  $19.50  per  Ok.  if  5/100  On.  of  ovor.por  to«. 

-  Silver-  950  of.  Row  York  quotation,  date  of  aaBOy. 

Load-  PrioeB.bue^a  on  54.oo.  •  . 

Kino-  XiBlt,10?»'.  5p^  penally  fftr  exoeBB.  .  ^ 

Oopper-  1.50  off  wet.  When  oro“«BsayB  over  S?j  wot  7 off  west- 
orn  Union  quotation. 

Lead  Sohednle-  Conoentraten. 

Gold-  §19.oo  p.or  Ok.  if  5/IPOok.  ,>r  over  per  ton. 

'  Silver?  ond^Goppor"'B«ae  'Hof.fn’ •nsnrt'()reBV  - 
Load-  Price  "based  on  54.00V  .  _  , 

Silioa-  Limit  100  ,  Penalty .10/  on  each  por-oont  in  exoesa  of  log. 

Kino  A  50.  "  30/  "  "  . .  "  50* 

5  to  100  Load  Inol.— -40^.per  unit - §3.75 

Over  10  "16  "  "  43  "  "  . 





-  2.50 

...  -  — - — - —2.25 

Upon  ConoontratoB  assaying  ovor  300  lead  apply  "neutral  or  Flat " 
aobedule  whloh  ever  figures  the  bettor  for  the  shipper.  Gold  v19.0( 
por  ounoo. 



,  "i«ad  in  all  oroo  and  oonoentrete8 

§  The  prices  per  -Oo  per  htaareil  pounae.  one  oent 

-  as i jjaffiJK-JRAKa?- 

■tste#tt^?vep&4  «•■  »-■  °f  ~ia 

“""ftKb”  S5r^i»d’’Si(!SS-sov.rn.a  by  «.  0.  *  *  Hr.  «•• 


For  table  middlings  reduoe  the  prioe  50$  per  ton. 


F.O.B.  Denver,  Colo. 
$10.oo  nor  ton. 

♦Unit  variation  for  *Harket  valuation 
*l£  or  1  ,0z. change  *for  $l,oo  change 
tun  or  down  from  baee*un  or  dovm  from  baBo 

$6.oo  Spelter  St.  Louie.? 

$4.50  Lena  N.York.  * 

Zino  20$  * 

L'et  Lead  5% „ 

Silver  .£00  j*  lfi  Obs. 

Gold  .150b,  * 

Silica  j5$ 

64$  por  unit  * 

22  $  "  * 
40$  "  Ounoo 

$10/oo  per  ounce 
10$  penalty  for  excess 

10$  per  uniti 
8$  per  unit. 

Usual  Sampling  chargee  to  apply. 

This  prioe  to  apply  to  25$  Sine  ana  undor. 


All  ratoB  F.O.B. Denver.  Sub.leot  to  change  wigHut  notloe. 
$16.50  per  ton  for  ore  containing  40$  Bine,  whori  epoltor  i 
quoted  at  $6.oo  St.  Louie. 

$l.oo  per  unit  for  Kino  up  or  down  from  40$, 

25$  per  ton  for  each  6$  variation  in  the  Quotation. 

ipTijn  price  ™gardleee  of  the  Gold.  Silver  and  Load  gohtenta. 

§16.50  per  ton  for  ore  assaying  5/100  Ob.  Oold.lOOBS,  Silver, 
6$  Lead  and  40$  Zino  when  Bpelter  is  quoted  at  $5.oo  St,,  LouiB. 

Variation  up  or  down-  fiR°La$19^oo  per  Ob, 

Zino  A  "  Ul>"t  and  25$  per  ton  for 

each  5$  variation  in  the  Quotation. - - - - - - — 

Both  of  these  prices  to  apply  to  ore  oonteining  not  leee  than 
34$  Zino  or  more  then  2$  lime. 

on  less  than  Car  Lota  (16  tone) 

$l.oo  leas 

■»  L 

Hrro  llnrk  ffijjmmt  Slumut.  ' 

45  BROADt 

I'm  sixty  five  years  old  to-day 
And  that  is  why  I  laugh, 

And  fling  to  you  "  ’ - 1 

With  love  and , 

rri  3. 

ju. y  '■.(Cr-cW  ’ 

orange,  n.  cj  .  --  ),  ~K.  '{£+**  — <<. 

My  dejW3trbef6ra°Tou  s tsrteTfor'Vorida  X  had  an  interview!  witt i  Mr.] 
Dyer  and ‘was  to  meet  you  pnly  you\were  going  away  so  soon  and  did 
not  have  time.  Since  then  Mr.  Plimpton  haB  purchased1 one  of  my^scf 
arlos,  ,a  western  story  and  I  am  to  have  a  meeting  with  ,hira  in  the 
near  future;?’ ’ X  wrote  him  I  would  he  very  glad  to  give  an  hour 
of  my  own  speoial  wo ik  at  which  you  and  Mr.  ’Dyer  and  some  of  your 
“  friends  would  he  present.  , 

In  today’s  American,  ,1  have  read  of  your  wonderful  method 
of  separating  paying  elements  in  ore.  Now  Mr.  Edison,  and  I  want 
you  to  take  this  seriously,  I  have  expended  over  540,000  in  a  hig 
low  grade  copper  proposition.  I  am  a  practical,  mi  J®r  and  have  de¬ 
voted  my., life.. to  the  frontier  and  to  mining,  and  I  believe  that  1 
have  the "greatest  proposition  on  earth  today  owired  hy  one  man. 

My  Company  is  organized  and  I  practically  control  the  entire 
stock,  confidently,  an*  I  would  like  very  much  to  have  you 
send  an  expert  wimn  me  to  examine  this  property  and  report  to 
you  quietly  for  if  it  was  known  I  had  capital  behind  me  near¬ 
ly  all  the  claims  I  was  compelled  to  abandoned, and  most  of  which 
I  can  relocate,  would  be  simply  relocated.  If  your  expert 
reports  favorably  to  you  oh  this  proposition,  I  will  gladly  turn 
over  to  you'<ahd  your  agents  or  whoever  you  want  to  interest,  the  con¬ 
trolling  interest  in  this  great  property  without  any  consideration 
more  than  sufficient  money  to  pay  up  a  few  debts.  In  the  mean 
time  if  you  can  make  it  possible  to  listen  to  my  entertain¬ 
ment,  I  am  very  sure  you  will  be  delighted  with  it. 

I  have  just  returned  from  the  Canal  zone,  having  been  re¬ 
commended  as  an  entertainer  by  ool.  Goethals  and  have  made  a  great1, 
success  over  there.  I  have  splendid  bookings  for  the  summer  at 
most  of  the  big  .Chautauquas  and  I  believe  that  I  would  be  a  valuable 
acquisition  to  your  numerous  interests  in  as  much  as  I  am  the  only 
real,  genuine  ex-chief  of  Scouts,  U.  s.  A.  and  believe  I  can  re¬ 
produce  more  effectually  many  of  the- battle^  scenes  in  which  I 
have  participated,  as  well  as  a  reproduction  of  the  Custer  Massacre 
than  any  other  man  living.  I  only  mention  this  incident ially. 

Besides  I  have  more  material  that  will  be  valuable 
in  records  after  I  have  past  away 

Trusting  you  will  pardon  me  for  en¬ 
croaching  upon  your  valuable  time  and  that  you  will 
so  arrange  that  I  can  meet  you,  and  talk  with  you, 
if  only  for  a  little  time,  believe  me, 

Sinoerely  yours, 

ports  in  the  public  prints  to  the  effect  that  you  have  discovered  a  ne  w 
process  in  connection  with  the  extraction  of  metal  from  ores, yielding 
a  much  higher  percentage  of  recovery  at  a  lower  cost. 

Would  it  be  possible  for  you  to  give  me  some  information  about 

your  process;  as  to  what  class  of  ores  it  applies, how  great  the  increa¬ 

sed  recovery  is  and  what  the  saving  in  costs  amounts  to,Stc.? 

I  am  especially  interested  to  know  whether 'your  proces's  applies 
to  the  "refractory"  ores  from  the  Morning  mine  of  the  Federal  Mining  & 
Smelling  group,  as  my  Federal  friends  tell  me  that  you  have  been  ex¬ 
perimenting  with  a  oouple  of  carloads  of  this  ore  for  some  time. 

I  trust  you  will  not  consider  this  letter  an  unwarranted  tax  upon 
your  time  and  good  nature.  Thanking  you  in  advance  for  the  favor  o±  a 
reply,  I  am,  with  most  cordial  regards, 

Mr  Thomas  A. Edison 
South  Orange, N.J. 

9  May  1913. 


Guatemala  ‘“ay 

-jQnN  U  ^ 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  N .  J . 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  notice  in  the  Hew  York  newspapers,  with  rnch  grntifi- 

,.tio»,  that  you  have  clved  the  pr.ble.  of  ■*<*»*«  the  ~1»-  »- 
rebellious  ore.  at  a  n.»i«»l  cost.  1  ■*”°“S»r  hop.  “4  °** 

thi.  ....paper  Toport  1.  founded  "«  '»■>*■  —  *“1W 

ao..»pli.h.d  thi.  wonderful  thing.  If  .0.  I  heller,  that  it  will  »«» 
that  great  a.  poor  other  acoonplieltent.  hare  been.  thi.  on.  will  or- 
er- shadow  them. 

If  agreeable,  please  advise  me  when  the  public,  or 
rather  the  .mere  and  ore  producer,  will  have  an  opportunity  to  avail 
themselves  of  the  benefit  of  your  discovery. 

We  are  up  against  a  hard  game  in  this  country  with  low 
grade  refractory  ores.  They  exist  in  enormous  quantities  but  they  are 
very  rebellious  and  it  is  difficult  to  recover  the  precious  metals 
from  them. 

Congratulating  you  upon  the  wonderful  thing  you  have 
accomplished ,  and  hoping  .=  ho  favored  with  a  reply  to  .y  gue.ti.n, 

I  remain 

Very  respectfully  yours, 

you  during  that  period  for  test  purposes. 

Che  party  referred  to  is  thoroughly  conversant  with  Colorado  Ores  and 
particularly  the  Leadville  District  and  can  secure  long  leases  of  properties  that 
have  been  idle  for  years,  that  carry  silver,  lead,  zinc  and  some  gold  values,  high 
silicate  oreB-  on  a  royalty,  basis  of  5  ^  and  upwards,  based  on  'value  of  the.  ore. 
lie  has  associated  with  him  an  Expert  ..Manager  of  Mines  in  Mexico,  leadville,  Ne¬ 
vada  and  California  ,  and  they  are  willing  to  introduce  the  process  without  any 
expense  to  you  and  on  terms  to  be  mutually  agreed  upon  ,  either  royalty  or  com¬ 
mission  basis. 

If  you  have  not  already  disposed  of  the  exclusive  territory  of 
what  id  known  as  the  Hooky  Mountain  Region  and  Mexico,  I  believe  it  would  be  to 
your  interest  to  consider  these  parties,  in  which  I  would  join  as  an  associate. 

Kindly  let  me  hear  from  you  that  I  may  advise  them  and  if  I  can 
nish  you  any  additional  information  will  do  so  promptly. 


New  Treatment  of  Low-Grade  Aj 
Ot  os  Will  Ad’i  $100,000,000 
to  Value  of  Country’s  Annual  * 
Melal  Production.  '  v 

•ycnrs  o£  study  on  tho  questlou  of  tli 
concentration  and  n  totnl  expenditure  of  ll(1 
non rly- $5.000, OOOj  at  Ifist  has  mastered  n  ^ 
system  for  ImttdllriK  low  jrpndo  rebelllou8t  hi 

Ion  cpst'amn  5,000-ton  ptnutwlli  o 
fxcecd  ;  one-tenth  of.  tho-  present  1 1* 
>f  erecting  modern  coifccntrators. 



Bear  Mr.  Edison: 

Referring  to  that  matter  you  spoke  to  me  about,  if 
you  have  any  letter  that  makes  a  positive  statement  of  fact  I  would 
like  to  have  it.  1  have  been  trying  for  years  to  trace  the  source 
of  those  remarks,  and  whenever  X  get  any  where  near  X  am  always  met, 
hy  the  excuses  of  -  "I  heard  it"  -  "I  do  not  know  it  myself  but  a 
friend  of  mine  told  me",  thuB  have  never  been  able  to  tie  up  state¬ 
ments  of  fact.  It  is  generally  some  gossip. 

Ever  since  I  wrote  "Rooks  in  the  Road  to  Fortune",  whicl 
X  did  at  the  request  of  some  of  the  most  influential  people  of  the 
West,  telling  the  plain  truth  about  eastern  mine  share  swindlers, 
and  which  book  is  in  the  hands  of  nearly  every  Post  Offioe  Inspeoto 
in  the  United  States,  I  have  been  abused  in  an  underhand  way  by  the 
eastern  promoter  whose  business  it  is  to  swindle  by  share  Belling, 
and  thus  bringing  disoredit  to  the  mining  industry,  bringing  grief 

'  _  May  24th  2 . 

and  want  to  thousands  of  homes  and  causing  millions  of  loss.  All 

vMr.  Edison. 



of  these  attaoks  on  me  oomes  from  eastern  people;  the  western  people 
understand  me,  and  it  is  claimed  that  I  have  been  instrumental  in 
saving  many  millions  of  dollars. 

I  never  was  a  suooessful  promoter  or  a  share  seller.  Any 
man  who  makes  a  plain  statement  about  the  facts  of  mining  stands  no 
ohanoe  along  side  of  the  extravigant  statements  of  the  eastern  share 
pusher.  If  X  had  all  the  money  that  X  am  credited  with  having  made 
out  of  mining,  through  selling  shares  and  mines,  I  would  be  worth 
about  fifty  millions  of  dollars,  when  the  truth  is  that  I  am  compara¬ 
tively  a  poor  man;  property  poor.  X  have  been  a  miner  all  my  life; 
have  made  a  few  little  mistakes,  but  I  have  had  the  courage  to  acknow¬ 
ledge  them,  and  when  I  Baw  I  had  no  ohanoe  to  win,  would  quit  and 
never  throw  good  money  after  bad.  But  in  all  my  oareer  of  thirty- 
five  years,  I  have  never  oaused  a  loss  of  more  than  a  total  of  One 
Hundred  Thousand  Hollars,  and  this  was  lost  in  about  fifteen  differ¬ 

ent  undertakings,  hoping  to  Buooeeed  in  a  fight  against  nature.  X 
have  never  put  a  man's  dollar  in  my  pooket,  having  always  put  it  under 
ground,  and  have  really  done  a  little  good  in  my  time.  Have  been 
voted  the  freedom  of  a  western  city  for  what  they  consider  public 
servioeB.  I  have  never  been  in  favor  of  stock  selling  and  have  had 
the  oourage  to  express  my  belief  on  that  point.  You  are  aware  that 
men  who  seek  an  easy  living  at  the  expense  of  those  who  have  oonfi- 
denoe  in  them,  do  not  work  physically  as  you  and  I  do,  and  they  are 
never  sympathetic  with  our  labors. 

If  you  win  in  this  great  effort  of  giving  the  worl^a  new 

Mr.  Edison. 


concentrating  device,  there  are  none  thalfwill  ever  tha^k  me  for  the 
little  part  X  have  played  in  it,  having  committed  the  unpardonable 
crime  in  the  eyes  of  the  speculator  in  the  east,  by  telling  the  public 
the  fact  that  99  per  cent  of  the  stock  speculations  of  the  east  was 

mere  gambling,  and  not  mining. 

As  far  as  my  selling  lots  of  holes  in  Mexico  to  the  people, 
thats  about  as  near  the  truth  as  these  reports  ever  get.  I  built  a 
Stamp  Mill  in  Guanajuato  in  1884  and  pioneered  the  way  for  American 
progress  there;  have  never  been  in  Mexioo  but  two  days  since  that 
time.  X  took  an  option  on  two  copper  mines  and  sold  those  options 
for  §20,000.  and  paid  the  money  to  the  owners  of  the  property.  Have 
never  owned  a  mine  in  Mexioo. 

Hereafter  when  anybody  says  anything  about  me  on  the  lines 
you  referred  to,  ask  them  to  put  it  in  writing  and  to  state  some  fact 
that  they  know  to  be  a  faot,  and  that  would  be  aocepted  in  a  court 
and  not  the  repeating  of  some  scandal  and  gossip  that  no  man  oan  run 
to  its  soouroe. 

Here  you  and  I  are  trying  to  do  something  and  we  are 
honestly  making  an  effort  to  accomplish  it,  and  I  took  the  risk  of 
displeasing  you  by  foroing  my  attentions  a nd  objeots  upon  you,  and  all 
we  are  getting  to-day  is  criticism.  There  is  not  one  of  them  that 
would  let  me  have  one  dollar  towards  perfecting  this  great  divioe. 
There  is  not  one  of  them  that  has  the  manly  courage  to  admit  that  any 
body  can  try  to  do  a  good  deed.  As  I  said  to  you,  just  treat  me  as 
you  find  me ,  that  is  all  I  ask  of  any  man;  I  oannot  fight  slander 

“7th,  1912. 

Proud fo ot 'b  commercial  Agency, 
Singer  Building, 

hew  fork  City. 


1  enclose  copy  of  a  letter 
written  to  me  by  Mr.  Henry  B.  Clifford,  as  to  whom 
you  made  a  report  for  me. 

'  xt  seems  to  me  tli&t  it  might  he 
desirable  to  make  some "further  inquiries,  about  him, 
so  that  you  can  give  me  more  specific  data.  I  must 
say  that  he  has  not  Impressed  mo  as  being  a  faker. 

.  four?  very  truly. 



Fxoudloot’a  Ooaamoroial  Ageao y 


Hy  Dear  Hr-  Edison;-  L'  vlLfc 

Your  favor  of  yesterday  1b  at  hanff^  and  in  reply)  ^ 

■beg  to  remind  you  that  X  did  not  make  a  report  on  Hen*^J>  j 
Clifford ,  hut  noticing  an  item  in  the  "Journal”  of 
1912  in  Which  he  was  mentioned  in. connection  with  you,  I  (. 
called  your  attention  to  the  fact  that  if  the  H.  B.  Clifford  / 
mentioned  in  that  clipping  was  the  H.  B.  or  Henry  B.  Clifford 
Who  had  an  office  at  10  Wall  St,  that  I  know  him  to  he  a  fakir. 

At  your  request  X  am  therefore  learning  whether  or  not  he  is 
the  same  man,  and  would  ask  that  you  kindly  give  me  the  ad¬ 
dress  of  the  Henry  B.  Clifford  that  you  know.  A  copy  of  the 
letter  which  he  writes  sounds  like  the  Clifford  I  know.' 

Awaiting  your  further  commands,  X  remain, 



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c  eminent  Inventor, 

Ct-s  <i 

Montpellier,  4  Jflns^  ^ 

f  May  last,  the  "Petit  Mepiijlorfal ,  W paper  J 

r,  Edioon, 

On  the  21ot  o 

published  in  our  southern  distriot  of  France,  published  tho  following  now 

Edison  is  said  to  have  succeeded  in  perfecting  a  method  for  tho  separation  of 
the  valuable  part  'of  minerals  from  the  mass',  in  a  very  economical  manner.  In  this  way 
tho  mineral,  productions  of  our  country  would  gain  bo  me  500  .millions  of  Franos} 

For  .some  time  past,  I  have  been  entrusted  with  the  sole  of  on  iron  mine, 
which,  according  to  the  iplnion  of  very  competent  engineers,  is  capable  of  supplying 
frofii  the  only  available  portion  thereof  under  the  open  sky  a  minimum  of  ten  million  tons 
of  mineral.  It  is  very  probable  that  20  additional  millions  might  be  found  under  the 
mountain,  by  which  it  is' covered,  so  that  there  would  be  a  fund  of  some  thirty  thousand ' 
tons  possibly,  available. 

It  could  be  connected  by  a  side  railroad  of  a  few  kilometres,  with  the  main 
branch  thereof.  This  would  bo  of  considerable  importance,  therefore,  if  the  mineral  so. 
far  had  not  been  rendered  unavailable  for  exploitation,  on  account  of  an 
inherent  defect.  They  complain  that  it  has  too  much  or  too  little  phosphorus.  It  is  , 
in  the  first-  case,  too  great  for  the  ordinary  process  of  elimination  now  known  , 
which  involves  groat  labor,  to  be  available.  It  would  not  be  sufficient  in  quantity,  how¬ 
ever,  for  the  phosphorus  that  has  boen  cleaned  out  to  be  available  in  a  profitable  way 
for  the  purposes  of  agriculture,  so  as  cover  expenses.  You  can  therefore  easily 
understand,  Sir,  what  the  value  of  an  invention  such  as  is  attributed  to  you  would  bo, 
in*  thiB  instance. 

So  as  to  make  clearer  to  you  the  reaults  that  might  be  obtained  by  the 
application  of  your  process  in  this  instance,  I  give  the  composition  of  the  mineral 
in  question,  nebcin  a  to  analysis  of  an  capable  French  engineer.  ( 

■■  ,  : '  ‘  \  ;  Analysis.  ■  ■  .  v  '  '■  t 

Silica  17.5 


peroxide  of  iron  68.65 
sulphuric  acid,  0.05 
phosphoric  acid,  1.32 
loos  in  fire  10.38 



Iron  metal,  48.2 
•  Sulphur ,  0.2 

’Phosphorus,  0,578, 

Please  kindly  let  me  know  the  oost  of  treating  matter  of  this  kind  hy  your 
process,  including,  of  course,  the  royalty  that  would  be  yours,  as  inventor. 

Awaiting  the  honor  of  a  reply,  etc, 

Jean  Allegre, 

2  Hue  Doric 
Montpellier,  Prance, 

FroudfooVs  Oommosroial  Ageacy 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 
Orange,  N.  J. 



June  19 /is- 

Dear  Sir;-  ' 

With  reference  to  your  former  inquiry  on  Henry  B.  Clifford ,  w^  beg 
to  state  that  the  Henry  B.  Clifford  who  wrote  you  (copy  of  which  letter  you 
sent  to  us)  is  the  same  Clifford  we  knew,  formerly  located  at  10  Wall  St. 

We  have  had  some  difficulty  in  identifying  him  for  sure,  but  have  now  done 
so,  and  are  at  working  getting  up  a  report  on  him  in  as  near  chronological 
form  as  possible.'  This  will  reach  you  in  a  few  days. 

In  the  matter  of  the  enclosed  literature  on  the  Guardians  of 
liberty,  upon  which  we  herewith  hand  you  a  report,  if  you  have  no  particular 
desire  to  keep  said  literature,  will  you  kindly  Bend  it  to  v 
Thanking  you,  we  remain, 

Yours  truly, 


i  for  our  records? 

My  Dear  Mr.  Edisons 

I  have  received,  a  letter  and  telegram  from 
Mr.  Salient ine  informing  me  that  the  expansion  idea  is  working 
very  well  and  that  he  has  succeeded  in  concentrating  all  sizes 
of  Utah  Copper  down  to  200  mesh.  This  is  indeed  gratifying  and 
bears  out  what  you  have  always  asserted  that  you  would  make  a 
high  recovery  on  these  ores  at  low  cost, 

I  now  recall  a  t-elegram  you  sent  me  to  this  city 
before  you  left  for  England  last  year,  where im  you  stated  that 
when,  you  returned  you  would  take  up  the  problem  personally  and 
would  do  more  with  it  in  thirty  days  than  any  other  could  perhaps 
do  in  a  year  and  you  asked  me  to  send  you  1000  pounds  of  the 
lowest  grade  copper  ore.  The  Utah  Copper  is  about  as  low  asgrade 
of  ore  as  we  have  in  the  world  today  and  the  fact  that  Ballentine 
under  your  direction,  has  been  able  to  concentrate  this  metal 
from  a  200  mesh  material  is  indeed  one  of  the  most  remarkable 
steps  yet  made  in  the  art  of  concentrating. 

'  The  Utah  Copper  ores  contain  a  very  fine  mineral 
crystal,  in  fact  we  find  a  larger  percent  of  those  mineral 
crystals  in  the  200  mesh  material  than  in  the  100  mesh  and 
as  the  Utah  Copper  people  made  every  effort  fed  liberate  their 
mineral  at  80  mesh  fine,  you  can  appreciate  where  the  tremendous 
loss  of  30  to  35 %  occurs.  The  whole  problem  is  to  save  the 
mineral  in  the  finer  meshes. 

T.A.E.-  -2- 

Tha  six  great  phorphry  copper  companies  average  a  loss 
of  about  31^  and  they  claim  that  within  twelve  months  they  will- 
be  treating  close  on  to  50,000  tons  per  day.  I  figure  that  the 
total  loss  on  such  a  tonnage  will  exceed  $30,000,000  per  annum, 
you  can  now  appreciate  that  I  wasn’t  such  an  optimist  as  you 
have  laughingly  termed  me  frequently  when  I  said  that  a  more 
perfect  system  of  concentration  applied  to  the  copper  industry 
as  well  as  gold,  silver  and  lead  branches  would  result  in  a 
saving  to  this  country  of  over  one  hundred  million  dollars 
per  year. 

I  have  just  received  a  letter  from  ex-U.  S.  Senator 
Ohas.  Dick,  of  Ohi.o,  and  he  told  me  in  Hew  York  he  wanted  to 
come  out  and  see  your  wife,  as  you  are  perhaps  aware  her  ho?ie 
was  adjoining  his  for  a  number  of  yeara, 

I  have  been  very  sick  since  I  saw  you,  but.  am  hoping, 
to  be  on  my  feet  soon.' 

With  kind  regards,  I  am 

Your  friend, 

cuO  • 


,..n  „.-nJnvTW'i  GBOF^- 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  t 

Oranga,  H.  J. 

My  Bear  Mr.  Edison;-  ^  j3 

I  regret  the  delay  in  i 
fall  a  report  as  I  might,  before  this,  hut*  m, 
for  not  having  done  so  is,  that  I  was  attempting 
tarn  out  a  chronological  report  concerning  S'  . 

Clifford.  This  I  cannot  do  for  the  reason  thaV 
sequence  of  hia:  .activities  are  best  known  to  hinj 
however,  the  report  herewith  enclosed  is  pretty 
and  is,  without  auestion,  sufficient  to  show  3 
manner  of  man  Henry  B.  Clifford  is. 

Yours  very  truly 


T‘l”«OM"  °  Proud! oot’s  Conamaroial  Agosaoy 

NEW  YORK  CITY  july  9/12> 

Bon.  Thomas; A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 


In  reply  to  your  inquiry  about  Henry  B.  Clifford,  at  present  Wal¬ 
dorf-Astoria,  we  beg  to  state  that  our  records  Bhow  his  name  as  far  back  as  Mar. 
1889  when  he  lived  at  110  W.  40th  St.  At  that  time  he  had  an  office  in  the 
Wall  St.  district,  and  as  near  a s  can  be  ascertained  was  "a  Wall  St.  operator", 
and  was  probably  more  or  less  unsuccessful,  evidenced  by  the  feot  of  several 

judgments:  Bov.  2,  1891,  $1574  in  favor  of  Rub sell  Sage 

Mar.  29,  1892,$  535.91  in  favor  of  Russell  Sage 

Sept.  20,  1892,  §1484.66  in  favor  of  Springer  Lithograph  Co. 

In' Feb.  1899  we  find  him. given  as  president  of  Federal  Investment 
Co.  at  956  B'way.  Just  how  close  Clifford's  relations  were  with  the  notorious 
fugitive  from  Justioe,  Br.  Richard  C.  Flower,  must  be  left  to  a  deduction  from 
certain  faotB  which  run  about  as  follows: 

Apr.  7,  1899  Arizona  Eastern  &  Montana  Smelting  Ore  Purchasing  &  Be- 
velopment  Co.  was  incorporated  under  the  lawB  of  West  Virginia  with  an  au¬ 
thorized  capital  stock. of  §2,500,000.  ( Inc orporators  shown  in  the  records 
were  Henry  B.  Clifford,  Warren  Hussey,  C.  Milton  Roblee,  Edward  J.  Jordan 
and  Clayton  W.  Holt).  At  that  time  (Apr.  7,  1899)  Henry  B.  Clifford  and  his 
wife  Maude  M.  Clifford  were  running  a  stock  jobbing  Arizona  corporation  named 
Henry  B.  Clifford  &  Co,  10  Wall  St.  Maude  M.  had  a  mortgage  on  the  Arizona 
Eastern  property,  and  Henry  B.  Clifford  &  Co.  was  the  fiscal  agent  for  the 
sale  of  stock.  The  notorious  Br.  Flower  .took  quarters  in  Clifford's  office, 
and  in  the  Bpring  of  1899  organized  R.  C.  Flower  &  Co.  which  took  over  the 
fiscal  agency  and  removed  to  33  Wall  St.  R.  C.  Flower  &  Co;  was  composed  of 
Br.  Flower  and  Benjamin  F.  Small.  We  will  not  belabor  you  with  the  details 
of  the  Flower  fiasoo,  and  it  will  suffice  to  say  that  the  Arizona  Eastern  & 


Montana  Smelting  Ore  purchasing  &  Development  Co. ,  which  was  hatched  in 
Clifford's  office,  was  one  of  Dr.  Blower's  most  malodorous  fakes.  Beginning 
in  Deo.  1899,  five  monthly  dividends  of  Z%  each  were  paid  out  of  the  proceeds 
of  stock.  The  Company  had  not  a  good  title  to  the  property,  and  in  the  final 
issue  Maude  M.  Clifford  turned  up  as  owner  of  the  property  which  was  the  basis 
of  the  Blower  fake. 

lone  Pine  Mining  Co.  was  incorporated  under  the  laws  of  West  Vir¬ 
ginia  Sept.  13,  1900  With  an  authorized  capital  stock  of  §2,000,000.  This 
was  another  one  of  Dr.  Blower’s  propositions,  notwithstanding  the  fact  that 
Mar.  26,  1901  the  lone  Pine  Co.  acquired  from  the  above  Maude  M.  Clifford 
all  her  right,’  title  and  interest  in  and  to  the  mining  diaims  known  as  the 
lone  Pine.  The  Capital  and  the  Admiral  (which  had  been .held  by  Arizona 
Eastern)  for  notes  for  §35,000  secured  by  a  purchase  money  mortgage  on  the 
mining  claims  involved,  §10,000  of  which  purchase  price  was  arranged  to  he 
paid  to  John.  S "Manfull ,  a  brother-in-law  of  Dr.  Flower.  "There  is  a  hiatus" 
the  lone  Pine  receivers  state  in  their  report,  "in  the  minutes  and  the  records 
’  of  the  Company  from  this  point  -  Wo  records  of  the  Company  are  at  hand  covering 
the  period  between  Mar.  26,  1901  and  Deo.  21,  1901." 

May  18,  1903  in  Brooklyn  a  suit  was  brought  by  stockholders  of  the 
Arizona  Eastern  &  Montana  Smelting  Ore  Purchasing  &  Development  Co,  Henry  B. 
Clifford  and  Maude  M.  Clifford  together  with  Dr.  Richard  C.  Flower,  Andrew  D. 
Meloy,  Charles  A.  Douglas ^and  others  together  with  certain  corporations  were 
parties  defendant.  '•  In  this  suit  it  was  charged  that  Meloy,  Douglas*, Mellor 
and  Hall  had  a  falling  out  with  Dr.  Flower,  and  Clifford  assumed  to  act  for 
the  majority  of  the  Arizona  Eastern  stockholders.  "It  is  alleged  that  they 
received  this  money  but  never  paid  to  the  stockholders  or  made  any  accounting." 
It  is  definite  and  certain  that  the  great  herd  of  stockholders  of  the  Arizona 

Eastern  &  Montana  smelting  Ore  Purchasing  &  Development  Co.  got  nothing,  al¬ 
though  Maude  M.  Clifford  got  back  her  property. 


•  3.  ■  ■ 

It  seems  that  Henry  B.  Clifford  Bought  a  seat  on  the  H.  Y.  Consoli¬ 
dated  a  took  Exchange  in  1900,  at  a  time  when  no  investigation  was  made  of  ap- 
.  plioants.  At  his  office,  10  Wall  St,  he  was  supposed  to  have  maintained  a 
wire  system,  hut  so  far  aB  we  know,  he  only  had  a  wire  to  Boston  which  ran 
into  .the  office  of  Frederick  R.  Tibbitts,  a  bucket  shop  man  who  in  March,  1906 
was  mentioned  in  the  bucket  shop  expose  by  the  "Boston  Traveler. "  While  Clif¬ 
ford  was  in  business  at  10  Wall  St,  he  alBO  maintained  a  branch  office  in  the 
St.  James  Bldg,  1133  B'way,  and  harbored  therein  a  notorious  bucket  shop  woman 
named  Mrs.  Marian  latouche  who  was  arrested  out  of  Clifford's  office  in  the 
St.  James  Bldg,  for  an  alleged  swindle.  She  was  said  to  be"Manager  for  the  up¬ 
town  branch  of  H.  B.  Clifford  &  Co,  10  Wall  St.".  About  19.04  Clifford  seems  to 
have  bobbed  up  in  Chioago,  Ill.  whore'. he  operated  what  was  called  Clifford's 
Gaiety  Theatre,  126  Washington  St.  This  place  was  a  burlesque  house  and  drink¬ 
ing  resort  of  a  rather  oh jeotionable  type.  It  failed*  however,  but  we  do  not 
understand  that  Clifford  was  the  great  financial  sufferer,  but  that  Charles  C. 
Counselman  of  the  Chioago  Board  of  Trade  and  of  the  firm  of  Counselman  &  Day, 
footed  a  substantial  loss  through  his  dealings  with  Clifford.  There  are  nu¬ 
merous  stories  told  about  Clifford's  contemptible  meanness  in  getting  away 
with  certain  paraphernalia  at  the  theatre.  When  Charles  C.  Counselman  died 
there  was  a  considerable  note  in  the  possession  of  the  estate  which  Clifford 
had  given,  but  sometime  after  having  given  it,  he  went  through  bankruptcy, 
and  not  only  absolved  himBelf  from  the  Counselman  debt  but  many  others.  We 
have  not  been  able  to  find  where  thiB  bankruptcy  proceeding  was  held.  We  are  ; 
sure,  however,  when  we  do  find  these  bankruptcy  reoordB  that  many  interesting 
stories  may  be  unfolded.  Clifford,  so  far  as  we  know,  has  always  been  active, 
more  or  less,  in  the  mining  stock  selling  game  and  has  put  out,  perhaps,  • 
stockB  that  we  do  not  know  anything  about,  but  we  do  know  of  some  aside  from 

those  already  mentioned:  Great  Beloher  Bullwhaoker  Gold  &  Copper  Co. 

Great  Beloher  Gold  Mine  Co.  j 

Great  Belcher  of  Arizona  Co. 


We  have  never  learned  that  the  stockholders  of  any  of  these  com¬ 
panies  oame  to  anything  except  grief  so  far  as  their  investment  in  Clifford's 
proposition  was  concerned.  We  understand,  however,  that  most  of  the  above 
mentioned  stock  selling  schemes  were  founded  on  some  old  properties  which 
were  owned  by  Maude  M.  Clifford.  Clifford. has  varied  his  game  some,  at  least 
in  name . 

Henry  B.  Clifford  &.  Co.  has  been  a  copartnership  between  himself 
and  Maude  M.  and  has  appeared  at  various  times  in  the  copartnership  directory 
as  Henry  B.  Clifford  &  Co,  Inc.  In  timeB  gone  by,  when  we  have  interviewed 
him  or  some  one  in  his  office,  information  would  be  given  out  about  Henry  B. 
Clifford  &  Co.  as  a  corporation,  at  another  time  as  a  copartnership,  and  it 
was  rather  difficult  to  tell/whom  you  were  doing  business. 

In  1907  H.  B.  Clifford  &  Co,  10  Wall  St,  was  making  a  feature  of 
Gem  Consolidated  Mines  &  Mills,  and  Colorado  Mills  Smelting  &  Power  Co.  In 
1909  Henry  B.  Clifford  &  Co.  had  an  office  at  1271  B'way.  An  effort  was  being 
made  to  sell  stock  of  the  V.  S.  Milling  Co,  which,  so  far  as  we  can  learn, 
claimed  property  holding's  (how  we  know  not)  in  the  Montezuma, Summit  County, 
Colo;.  McCabe,  Aria;  Providence,  Yavapai  County,  Aria,  and  at  Copper  Creek, 
Yavapai  County,  Aria.  As  near  as  we  can  guess,  some  of  the  properties  men¬ 
tioned  are  some  of  the  properties  that  Maude  M.  Clifford  owned.  She  U.  S. 
Milling  Co.  was  said  to  have  mines  and  mills  at  Idaho  Springs,  Colo. 

In  1904  Clifford  olaimed  to  be  a  member  of  the  JJ.  Y.  Consolidated 
Stock  Exchange,  and  the  Denver,  Salt  lake  and  Dos  Angeles  Stock  Exchanges. 

We  understand  that  Clifford  now  has  a  brand  new  thing  which  he  is  calling 
Clifford  Exploration  Co.  Where  it  has  an  office,  or  what  it  is,  we  have  been 
"unable  to  learn. 

lately  a  financial  paper,  commenting  on  Clifford  and  his  "Hocks  In 
- • 'The '-Road lit 6 ^Fortune "s Ays thos e  : who  have,  followed  Clifford  in  his  various 
mining  promotions:  and  who  have  been  favored  with  his  contributions  to'  the 



literature  of  mining  development,  will' appreciate  more  than  the  general 
public  that  they  have  had  more  than  their  share  of  rooks  in  the  way  to  for¬ 
tune,  and  a  great  many  of  the  rocks  were  rolled  into  the  path  by  Clifford  him¬ 
self.  While  we  do  not  know  what  kind  of  a  proposition  Clifford  has  put  up  to 
you,  we  would  be  pleased  to  learn  the  character  of  it,  bo  that  we  might,  in  a 
sense,  complete  our  records. 

Yours  truly, 


July  13th,  1912 

Mr.  louis  A.  Prouafoot, 

Singer  Builaing, 

Hew  York  City. 

bear  Hr.  Pr ou afoot 

your  favor  of  the  9th  Instant,  with  report 
on  Henry  B.  Cliff or a  la  received,  ana  I  heg  to  thank  you 
for  going  into  the  subject  so  fully. 

X  an  aoing  none  exper imenting  for  Cliffora 
on  a  prooeas  for  working  very  low  graae  oreB.  He  pays  hie 
bills  promptly  every  week.  later  on  I  nay  get  to  the  point 
where  I  have  Bone  contract  relations  with  hin,  but  as  I  an 
forewarnea  by  you  I  will  look  out  for  myself  carefully. 

Yours  very  truly. 


17,Bouverie  Street, 

July  16/l2 

CtXC  V*M<  tJ^<^  "TivU 
lice  in  the  papers  thiB  a  mb  interview 

I  notice  in  the  papers  thiB  affle  interviews  with  you 
with  regard  to  advantageous  ways  of  spending  the  money,  of  which  you 
have  had  such  an  excess  since  I  had  the  pleasure  of  seeing  you. 

You  will  excuse  me  saying  that  I  think  perhaps  one  way 
would  he  to  compensate  some  of  those  who  lost  money  -  a  very  great 
deal  to  them  -  through  having  had  confidence  injyour  counsel  and 
guidance  in  the  matter  of  the  Dunderland  Company.  X  called  your 
attention  to  my  circusstancss  in  relation  to  this  matter  before,  and 
repeated  the  conversation  that  took  place  at  Orange  with  you,  when 
you  told  me 'not  to  part  with  my  shares  unless  I  happened  to  he  under 
chloroform/'  I  naturally  attached  more  than  the  usual  significance 
to  this  advice,  and  instead  of  parting,  purchased  a  great  deal  more, 
with  the  result  that  I  lost  a  vast  number  of  thousands  of  pounds. 

I  do  not  blame  you  for  what  happened  to  the  Company, 
nor  for  anything  else,  but  X  think  if  there  is  a  question  of 
conscience,  this  ought  to  enter  into  the  consideration  of  it. 

I  make  no  claim  whatever  upon  you  and  would  never  think 
of  doing  such  a  thing,  but  I  am  quite  sure  you  feel  that  instead  of 
shedding  money  where  it  woULd  be  ungratefully  received,  it  would  be 
just  as  well  to  find  out  what  are  the  conscientious  considerations 
which  should  come  into  calculation.  Nobody  could  be  more  pleased  than 
X  am  to  know  that  you  have  realised  so  much  and  it  is  not  more  than 

you  deserve,  and  I  hope  you  will  understand  my  motivs  iri  writing. 

j.  R.  GLEED  &  CO. 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  labratory^ 

Orange ,  N.  X. 

Dear  Sirs- 

Your  favor  of  the  22nd  received, 
to  note  that  you  will  keep  my  address  and  will  advise 
me  when  the  electric  process  of  treating  low  grade 
ores  is  in  commercial  shape. 

Kindly  advise  me  if  you  have  an  electric 
process  to  smelt  tin  ores,  showing  at  least  1%  metallic 
tin.  The  same  ore,  carry  gold  and  silver  values  and  I 
am  anxious  to  get  an  electric  process  to  smelt  the  same. 

If  you  have  no  such  process,  kindly  give  me 
the  names  of  reliable  concerns  that  do  handle  electric 

process  of  treating  ore. 

Appreciating  your  prompt  attention  to  this 

matter,  X  am 

Yours  truly, 




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Henry  B.  Clifford,  Esq., 

Waldorf  Astoria, 

New  York, 

N.  Y. 

My.  dear' Mr.  ‘Clifford’;' 

Replying  to  your  fetter  of  Sept.  2,  I  regret  to 
hear  of  your  illness  and  that  of  Mrs.  Clifford.  I  hope 
that  she  will  improve  rapidly  and  will  soon,  regain  her 
good  health. 

If  it  be  convenient  to  you,  it  will  «fford  me 
pleasure  to  go  out  to  Mr.  Edison’s  with  you  on  Tuesday 
Sept.  10,  but  {if  inoonvenient,  a  later  Tuesday  or 
Thursday  may  do  as  well. 

If  you  desire  to  make  an  appointment  for  next 
Tuesday,  I  shall  begladif  you  will_  toppjne  a  line i _or_ 
will  notify  my  office  by  telephone. 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 

Orange,  II, J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

■  X  have  oooasion  to  write  for  information.  A  gen¬ 
tleman  with  whom  X  have  been  personally  acquainted  for  a  number 
of  years  and  fom  whom  I  hold  the  highest  regard  for  his  ability 
as  a  miner  and  general  integrity  —'Mr.  Henry  B.  Clifford.  Mr. 
Clifford  has  asked  me -to  join  him  in  the,  construction  of  a  new 
form  of  concentrator  upon  lines  as  worked  out  in  your  laboratory. 
While  X  have  a  knowledge  of  Mr.  Clifford's  ability  as  a  miner 
and  a  mill  man  and  have  had  such  faith  in  his  honesty  that  I 
have  trusted  him  with  large  sums  of  money;  yet  his  statements  to 
me  regarding  this  concentrator  are  so  much  at  varianoe  with  any¬ 
thing  I  have  ever  heard  and  as  the  matter  may  grow  into  some  pro¬ 
portions  and  I  be  forced  to  associate  other  of  my  friends,  I  am 
constrained  to  ask  you  if,  in  general,  what  Mr.  Clifford  says, 
are  the  facts;  and  that  you  may  understand  just  what  he  has  told 
me,  I  here  cite  the  essence  of  his  conversation. 

Mr.  Clifford  states  that  proper  crushing  is  the  base 
of  all  successful  concentration;  that  the  mineral  crystals  may 


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not  tie  finished  any  more  than  is  absolutely  necessary.  He 
tells  me  that  you  have  invented  a  roll  that  is  far  ahead  -of 
any  fine- grinding  roll  in  the  world  to-day;  that  he  has  been 
making  a  study  of  these  rolls  for  the  past  eighteen  months  and 
that  he  is'  convinced  that  through  them,  a  new  and  better  system 
of  concentration  is  to  result;  that  your  rolls  are  of  enormous 
capacity,  both  as  rock  breakers  and  fine-grinders;  that  they 
have  never  been  introduced  into  the  precious  metal  industry 
for  the  reason  that  very  few  mining  people  have  ever  seen  them, 
and  that  the  makers  of  the  present  typp  of  rolls  are  against 
any  new  forms  that  would  effect  their  patterns.  But  he  is  con¬ 
vinced  that  with  any  ore  in  the  world,  your  rolls  would  make  a 
saving  over  every  other  rolls  of  such  a  percentage  in  the  cost 
of  crushing,  as  well  as  elimination  of  much  of  the  sliming,  that 
the  advantage  in  favor  of  your  rolls  will  give  him  quite  a 
start  over  other  systems. 

Using  your  rolls  as  a  base  for  the  new  system  of  con¬ 
centration,  he  tells  me  that  within  the  last  year,  during  which 
time  he  has  been  identified  with  you  in  these  researches,  that 
you  have  worked  out  a  simple  form  of  concentration;  in  fact, 
as  he  says,  it  is  nothing  but  a  classifier;  that  through  it, 
on  any  ordinary  sulphide  ore,  that  from  8  to  10#  higher  saving 
can  be  made  than  the  average  saving  made,  and  with  a  mill  with  a 
capacity  of  1000  tons  a  day,  where  power  is  reasonable  and  other 
conditions  perfect,  that  you  will  be  able  to  concentrate  At  a 



cost  of  25/  a  ton. 

Mr.  Clifford  says  that  this  device  is  so  simple  in 
form  that  he  will  have  difficulty  in  convincing  anybody 
of  its  superiority  over  other  systems,  especially  when  he  says  ■ 
that  it  will  run  wet  or  dry.  but  when  he  is  running  dry.  he 
cannot  save  as  high  a  percentage  as  when  running  wet.  He  has 
told  me  that  he  want  to  quietly  a.nd  without  any  ostentation, 
buildione  of  these  Edison  mills  on  property  that  he  controls  and 
by  cautious  work,  solve  any  problem  in  construction. 

X' have  invested  millions  of  dollars  of  my  own  money 
in  mines;  have  made  some  money  and  lost  some.  1  appreciate 
that  a  new  system  of  concentration  has  a  future,  and  X  am  willing 
to  help  Clifford  get  a  syndicate  together  for  the  purpose  of  build¬ 
ing  a  primary  plant  and  while  X  have  the  highest  respect  for  his 
ability  as  a  miner,  yet  you  know  the  field  is  filled  with  pro¬ 
cesses,  and  it  has  occurred  tome  that  you  might  take  the  trou¬ 
ble  to  enlighten  me  a  little  as  to  your  crushers  and  if  in  your 
judgment,  the  new  system  of  concentration  as  worked  out  by  your¬ 
self,  has  a  reasonable  chance  of  being  successful. 

’  ’  please  answer  this  letter  to  me  at  341  Sixth  Avenue, 

Pittsburgh,  Pa.  and  just  give  me  your  opinion,  if  you  think 
that  Clifford  tes  a  chance  in  his  new  idea. 

Believe  me,  one  of  your  many  admirers,  lam 

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I  beg  to  acknowledge'! 
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you  very  much. 

Clifford  has  keen  associated  with  me^ 
in  some  of  my  mining  matters  for  a  long  while,  and, 
as  you  state,  is  a  most  wonderful  optimist;  hut, 
notwithstanding  this,  there  is  no  question,  as  to 
his  integrity  or  energy . 

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The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

Telegraph,  Freight  end  Peuenger  Sletion,  NEW  VILLAGE,  N.  J. 


o.  address.  STEWARTSVILLE,  N.J. 

October  14,  1912, 

IES“  '  Si!  v . 

Boston,  Mass.,  ro»t  Office  Square  Bldg. 

to  me  the|)  correal 

H.  P.  Miller.,  Treas., 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir,:  - 

Mr.  Bixler  has  turned'  aer  to 
pondenoe  which  has  'passed  between  you  and  him  relative 
to  the  amount  owing  us  by  Mr.  H.  B.  Clifford.  Will 
you  kindly  advise  me  whether  any  of  the  amount  which  you 
received  from  Mr.,  Clifford  was  to  cover  invoices  which 
we  rendered  against  him,  but  if  not  and  you  have  not 
written  him  as  yet,  will  you  not  do  so  at  once  as  we  are 
anxious  to  have  these  long  standing  accounts  closed  out 
on  our  books. 

Kindly  let  me  have  a  copy  of  your  letter  to 

Yours  very  truly,, 


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.  Thomas .  A.  Edison,  CJLtlfr rJ, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey,  /  \J . 

dear  Mr.  Edison,-  / 

In  my  BoaroKjjor,  better  ^stggs  g^£^|j.r  6  £&&!$• 
out  two  years  ago,  I  oommenoed  to  study  ttie  leeching  operations  of 

The  Pennsylvania  Salt  Company,  of 
largest  institutions  of  its  kind  : 

«jilada*{rtriV"  which  is  one  of  the 
ih  the  world.  The  bas^s  off'CKS'ir 

largeBt  institutions  of  its  kind  in  the  jworl^.  The^ba|jB^^ 
business  is  a  self-roaster,  and  then*they  leech  phe  ^small^j)e 
of  copper  from  the  residue  product,  ifeon^wS^h^they^ake  the 
phuric  acid.  x*'"'""  ^ 

isting,  lettiifsL  the  material 

cool  down,  transport  : 

little  salt  added.  At  the 

possible  to  do  this  work  ip.  one  furnace,  provided  the  furnace  was 
high  enough.  Since  that  time  I  have  sent  them  samples  of  ore,  and 
have  visitod  their  plant  frequently,  and  they  have  acted  upon  the  im- 

T.  A.  E.  -2- 

provemont,  and  now  have  a  combined  desulphuriser  and  calciner,  and 

they  do  some  fine  work  here. 

At  my  last  visit  yesterday,  they  told  me  that  the  leech¬ 
ing  system  would  be  an  absolute  euocess,  and  X  enclose  you  a  letter 
I  have  received  from. them,  which  I ‘would  like  you  to  read,  and  X 
ask  permission  to  bring  this  gentleman  over  to  you  at  some  time,  if 

you  will  set  an  appointment. 

Everything  about  this  process  is  now  complete,  provided 
we  can  find  some  cheaper  way  to  precipitate  the  ccpper  by  electric¬ 
ity,  instead  of  on  scrap  iron.  If  we  can  dc  this,  we  will  make  Just 
as  great  an  advance  in  copper  mining  and  ore  treatment,  as  we  have 
made  inuyour  present  concentrating  device.  X  would  like  you  to  talk 
to  this  gentleman,  as  one  thought  of  yours  might  do  some  good,  and 
reduce  the  cost  of  precipitation.  I  am  sending  you  a  sectional  cut 
of  their  roaster. 

It  ocoured  to  me  that  some  twirling  device,  similar  to 
the  one  you  use  in  the  storage  battery,  might  precipitate  better 
than  a  still  system,  such  as  we  now  uBe  in  refining. 

— v - 



Wedge  Mechanical  Furnace  Company 
Greenwich  Point,  Philadelphia 

Hoy.  15,  1912. 

Mr.  Henry  B.  Clifford, 

The  Waldorf-Astoria, 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

Referring  to  conversation  had  today,  in  reference  to 
recovery  of  copper  values  by  wet  process: 

As  stated  to  you,  since  our  last  interview  there  has  been 
a  great  deai  of  interest  taken  in  this  subject  by  copper  men  in 
the  West,  and  we  now  have  a  plant  operating  in  Mexico,  and  are  also 
erecting  a  single  unit  plant  at  Douglas,  Arizona.  These  plants 
are  very  simple  in  construction.  They  consist  of  a  Wedge  chlori- 
dizing  or  sulphatizing  furnace  and  a  scrubbing  tower  through  which 
the  gases  are  conducted,  obtaining  in  this  manner  a  weak  acid  used 
in  the  leaching  vats. 

As  you  know,  we  have  for  some  years  been  making  quite  a 
study  of  roasting,  and  as  this  is  the  foundation  of  the  wet  process 
you  appreciate  its  importance.  '  In  the  furnace  which  we' have  now 
developed,  we  have,  on  some  ores,  been  able  to  obtain  a  calcine 
from  which  we  could  obtain  as  high  as  ari  80  %  water-soluble  ex¬ 
traction,  and  by  the  use  of  weak  tower  acid  bring  the  total  re¬ 
covery  up  to  an  average  of  95  We  have,  therefore,  carried 

this  process  to  a  commercial  basis,  as  far  as  placing  the  copper 
in  solution  is  concerned. 



Kr.  H.  B.  C. 

A  great  problem  in  ihe.West  is  the  question  of  precipitation, 
Bven  if  scrap  iron  could  he  obtained  at  a  reasonable  price,  there  is 
not  sufficient  quantity  to  be  had.  Therefore,  it  would  appear  that 
electrolysis  would  be  the  solution  of  this  problem.  As  you  know, 
the  difficulty  heretofore  experienced  has  been  the  consumption  of 
power  and  the  high  cost  of  fuel  in  producing  power  in  the  West. 

In  this  plant  that  is  to  be  erected  at  Douglas,  they  propose  to 
conduct  some  experiments  on  a  commercial  scale  along  the  lines  of 
electrolysis,  and  hope  to  be  able  to  precipitate  at  a  price  which 
will  compare  favorably  with  the  cost  of  precipitation  by  using  scrap 
iron,  figuring  scrap  iron  at  the  average  market  value  in  the  Bast. 

If  they  succeed  in  this,  it  means  the  production  of  electrolytic 
copper  at  very  low  cost,  and  will  solve  the  problem  of  handling  low 
grade  copper  ores. 

As  this  subject  is  one  of  great  interest  in  the  metallurgical 
world  at  the  present  time,  not  only  in  this  country  but  abroad,  as  we 
are  having  correspondence  and  recently  had  interviews  with  .gentlemen 
on  the  other  side,  and  knowing  the  work  which  you  have  recently  been 
doing  with  Mr.  Edison,  it  occurs  to  us  that  this  subject  might  be  one 
of  interest  to  you  and  to  him.  If  agreeable,  the  writer  would  be 
very  pleased  to  meet  you  and  Mr.  Edison  at  almost  any  time  we  can 
arrange  conveniently,  and  will  be  very  pleased  to  show  you  what 
progress  we  have  made  up  to  date,  and  give  you  the  advantage  of  any 
other  information  we  can  which  would  be  of  assistance  to  you  in 
taking  up  this  new  question  of  precipitation. 






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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Motion  Pictures  -  General  (E-12-59) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  interoffice  communications,  and 
other  documents  relating  to  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of 
motion  pictures.  The  documents  deal  mainly  with  Edison  s  home  kmetoscope 
and  his  kinetophone  (motion  pictures  with  sound),  both  of  which  were  ready 
to  be  marketed  by  the  end  of  1912.  Included  are  items  deaUng  wJh 
experimental  and  design  work;  exhibitions,  advertising,  and  sales  he 
appointment  and  administration  of  staff;  and  meetings  of  committees^  Also 
included  is  a  contract  between  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  and  the  American 
Talking  Picture  Co.— an  organization  controlled  by  vaudeviHe  managers  and 
theater  owners  Edward  F.  Albee,  Martin  Beck,  A.  Paul  Keith,  and  JohnJ. 
Murdock.  Some  of  the  documents  concern  the  testing  of  ®amP®®0[  B°rolf 
film  celluloid,  and  fabrikoid.  Among  the  correspondents  are  Frank  L..  Dyer, 
□resident  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.;  chief  engineers  Donald  M.  Bliss  and 
Miller  Reese  Hutchison;  photography  experimenters  Charles  L-Brass®JJl'5^ 
Willard  C.  Greene;  John  Pelzer  of  the  Kinetograph  Department,  and  Wi ham 
W.  Dinwiddle,  a  specialist  in  the  production  of  educational  and  scientific  films. 

ADDroximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  selected:  iettersof 
transmittal  and  acknowledgment,  including  some  relatingn  ^ 
of  unsolicited  scenarios;  unsolicited  correspondence  requestmg  advice  or 
information  from  Edison  for  which  no  substantive  response  has  been  found. 




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Dear  Sirs 

Bsasseur,  Eeq.,(\  'V  <^  J4 
Orange,  New  Jersey.  " 

o^ari.:  18,  1918.  / 

The  following  draft  oovera,  we  believe,  the  various 

pol„«. «.»...<  w-.  '"s^sr  pho“irfJ  iTr 

.lone,  end  ...  ...r.  ..  the  ha.l.##U..«,.t.  Wp-  «P 

V  Bdloonj1  jrooiFf^***^  yourself,  (  defining  > 

jS.etlv.  right.  1»  the  »»»«  S*““  «*  *4* 

.  .»d‘P.t.nt.  tettt.  w^««»gsgate^'i 

- — f^ln^oonBideration  «f  the  varioua  afime  of,  money  \ 

/paid  hy  «e  to  you  to  dat.J.nd  of  the  l-W  »  you  for  oh. 
doll  up  (8l.),«Vf  raohlhc «y.  "to.  belonging' to  uu,  M  “*  » 

“  ?*  eX°1U0S  ££*»  <%  !(k  ] 

...  1U  eonnootlon  .l*h  th.  »«»«  »*««*•  l”4»*W  »l 

eu£' United  States  **«.>>  oolo,  photography  ou  »11  OU  ^ 
a.  hare  been  or  «»  y».  ~  -U  -  -» 

patented  or  not.Tfcu  -f  •*»«  «  «  — 
oontlnuanoe  of  th.  erperlueu^perlod  under  th.  follo.l»« 
oondltionet  that  mSStiSJiAo^  V*.  *«“  a  ”?alt!r 
during  tfee  life  of  these  patents  amounting  to  twenty  five 
per  cent  of  the  ..Ma  profit  derived  from  the  rtls  or  rental 


Jan.  13,  1913 

f 'adored  moving  piotur.  filma  made  by  you*  prode0«*rtr^" 
being  understood  that  this  extra  profit  wilj^jbe-detbrmined  as 
follows:  That  to  the  sell injjjprl'de  of  blaok  and  white  filmB 

will  be  added  the  oo^t-of^ooloring'  the  film,  and  the  dif f drones  v . 

between  thiS'-total  c„atar.d  the  foiling  price.  of  the  oolored 
jfiliMf^will  oonstitute  the  profit.  ^a/5.  > 

It  is  further  understood  that  shOuld-Thomae  A. 

EdisoiirlW  grant  a  lioenee  to  other  moving  picture  concerns, 

to  uss  these  films  under  these;.patente,  you  will  reoeive  fifty 

.  :vf%s 

per  cent  of  whatever  royalty  **- may  receive. 

It  is  further  understood  that  the  royalties  paid 
you  will  never  be  less  than  one-fourth  of  one  oeritrper 
lineal  foot  of  oolored  film  slid  or  rented.  It  is  also  further 
understood  that  the  royalties  in  every  oaBe  6h.hU  at  leant, 
amount  to  five  thousand  dollars  ($5,000. )  per  year. 

:  To  avoid  .anyjp'  suggest  the  ' 

following  as  the  method  of  oaloulating  the  royalty  on  film 
made  by  using  your  patents*  The  royalty,  of  course,  cannot 
be  based  on  profit  made  from  the  sale  of  oolored  films,  but 
should  be  based  solely  on  the  added  value  of  your  prooess.  If 
the  profit  to  the  manufacturer  iornthe  blaok  and  whitVlfi,^  t<tawkU.} 
4  dents  pef  foot,  and  the  profit  on  oolored  film  is  7  oents 
,  per  foot,  then  obviously  the  added  value  contributed  to  the  ■  . 

" . film  by  your,  process  will  be  3  oents  per  foot.  It  is,  this, 

.  difference  between  the  profit  made  oa  the  colored  films  and 
1  that  whloh  would  be  made  on  the  blaok  and  white  films  that  is. 



\  Jan.  12,  1913 


k  Vi;  V 

to  be  divided  in  the  .^portion  of  seventy  five  per  cent  to 
us  and  twenty  five  per  to  you. 

As  explained  tO^pu  in  each  oase  the  manufacturing 
cost  of  films,  both  black  and^ite  and  colored,  shall  oomprioe 
the  cost  of  labor,  materials,  genial  expense  and  twenty  per 
cent  for  Belling  expenses,  et<fi\  'U-tucting  these  i'tems 
in  each  case  from  the  actual  selling  prioe,  will  give  the 

net  profit. 

Very  trulyyours, 

\  . 

Jan.  12th,  1912. 

Mr.  H.  T.  X. e exiling:- 

Dr.  Greene  arranged  with  the  Bausch  &  Iiorah  Co. 
to  furnish  them  with  a  dxunmy  machine  head  and  lamp  house  for 
checking  and  testing  their  lenBes  Before  shipment.  I  am 
handing  you  this  dummy  herewith.  Please  arrange  to  send  it 
to  the  Bausch  &  Bomb  Co.,  care  of  the  party  who  is  looking 
after  the  lens  proposition. 

HoBsrs.  Farrell:  Maxwell:  Deeming:  Biles:  Bird: 

It  has  been  deoided  that  we  will  manufacture  the  metal 
cabinets  for  Home  Kinetosoope.  Manufacturing  order  should,  therefore, 
be  issued  for  10,000  of  them  and  work  on  them  should  be  started  and 
pushed  as  rapidly  an  possible  just  as  soon  as  drawings  are  received 
from  Engineering  Dept.  Regardless  of  our  having  decided  to  manu¬ 
facture  these  cabinets  ourselves,  Mr.  Deeming  is  to  obtain  prices  from 
outside  concerns  just  as  soon  as  he  oan  get  necessary  drawings  and 
specif loations,  in  order  that  we  may  see  how  their  prices  oompare  with 
our  oosts. 

1/18/12.  J  C.jfyW. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Dyer:  Weber:  Wetzel. 

January  24th,  1912. 


Btatement  of  proposed  film  production  for  Home  Kinetosoope 
from  January  24th  to  April  22nd,  1912* 

lBt  printer 
2nd  Printer 

BOO  ft,  per  day  for  5£  days 
1600  ft.  per  day  for  6*  doyB 

2760  ft.  per  week 
8260  ft.  per  week 

Second  printer  to  he  oompleted  and  running  pehruary  13th.  This 
based  on  second  spool  hank  being  ready  February  13th,  otherwise 
commercial  prints  from  printer  Ho.  1  will  he  out  out  as  It  will  then 
he  used  for  testing  only  until  second  spool  bank  is  oompleted. 

Third  printer  will  he  finished  thirty  days  from  date,  or 
February  26th,  also  spool  bank  for  same.  Capacity  8260  ft.  per  week. 

Fourth  printer  and  spool  bank  «  ISarob  24th»  Capaoity  8250  ft. 
per  week. 

Jan.  24th 
Feb.  13th 
Feb.  26th 

On  hand  -  Jan*  24th 

2760  ft.  per  week- 2  wks.  to  Feb.  13th— 
11000  ft.  per  week-2  wks.  to  Feb.  26th— 
19260  ft,  per  week-8  wks,  to  Apr,  22nd — 

proposed  total  on  hand  Apr.  22nd 

Above  total  sufficient  for  2,600  machines. 
Capacity  of  Plant  after  Apr.  22nd,  (Per  week) 




2750  ft. 
8250  " 

8250  » 
8280  " 

27,600  " 

20,000  ft, 
6,  BOO  ft. 
22,000  ft, 
154.000  ft. 

201,500  ft. 


Sufficient  for  343  H.Ks.  weekly. 

JJ  #31 

Messrs.  Bliss:  Greene: 

Mr. - Edison  is  very  anxious  that  wo  should  start 
out  four  demonstrators  with  the  Home  Picture  machines,  hut  wo  are 
prevented  from  doing  so  hy  not  yot  having  definitely  decided,  on  the 
Wellshaoh  mantle  for  the  acetylene  system,  the  placement  of  the  aro 
light  system  and  the  lenses,  of  which  Dr.  Greene  requested  additional 
samples  submitted  for  his  final  approval.  Dr.  Greene  told  mo  to-day 
he  thought  all  of  those  matters  would  he  settled  within  the  next  week 
or  ten  days,  and  I  am  sending  you  this  memo,  as  an  urger  to  hasten 
those  matters  all  you  possibly  con. 

1/30/12.,  O.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs:  EcL^«m:  Maxwell:  Farrell. 

HossrB.  Haswoll:  Farrell: 

JAN  , 

^  if 

Mr.  Edison  spoke  to  mo  thiB  morning  concerning 
tho  four  Homo  Picture  Haohino  domonstrators,  and  askod  what  progress 
was  boing  made  toward  Bonding  them  out.  I  told  him  you  had  already 
dooided  on  tho  four  mon,  and  that  Borne  of  them  were  now  being  sohoolod, 
but  that  you  would  bo  unablo  to  send  them  out  until  we  could  furniBh 
them  with  samplo  machines,  together  with  tho  three  different  lighting 
systems.  (Those  wo  wore  not  able  to  furnish  at  present,  booauso  Dr. 
Greono  had  not  yet  dooided  on  the  Wollsbaoh  raantlo  for  tho  acetylene 
systora,  he  has  hot  yet  given  us  full  data  concerning  the  placement  of 
aro  lamp,  end  the  question  of  lenses  was  not  yet  determined  upon,  be-, 
cause  of  hi*',  Dr.  Green,  having  requested  additional  samples  sent  ub 
for  his  final  approval.  I  am  advised  by  Dr.  Greono,  however,  that  all 
of  these  matters  should  be  settled  within  the  nest  week  or  ten  days, 
and  if  they  are,  we  should  bo  able  to  give  you  demonstrating  outfits 
completely  equipped  within  the  nest  two  or  three  weeks. 

1  am  sending,  you  this  memo,  so  that  in  case  Mr.  Edison  takos  the 
matter  up  with  you,  you  will  know  what  X  have  told  him. 


Copy  to  Mr. 

f ' 

March  13,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison: 

In  ro  .Home  Picture  Machine  the  following  is  the 
substance  of  to-day’s  report  of  Mr.  Farrell  on  production: 

Mr.  Weber  states  that  he  will  have  1°  0 
machines  ready  by  April  1st  inE, 

further  changes  are  made  by  the  engineer ing 
Department ,  and  also  provided  Dr. 
will  promptly  decide  on  the  5^6b>,  -oir 

- ijlie  acetylene  burner- and  furnish  markings 

on  the'  arc  lamp  for  the  different  lens 
systems.  Dr.  Green  is  away  at  present 
but  he  is  expected  to-day  or  to-morrow. 

It  does  not  seem  likely  that  any  parts 
ordered  on  the  outside  will  hold  us 
up,  unless  it  is  the  oarrying-oaae. 
Delivery  on  these  is  promised  between  the 
1st  and  15th  of  April. 

The  instruction  of  the  demonstrators  is  proceeding 
•very  satisfactorily.  .  Mr.  Stearns  leaves  to-day  for  Minneapolis 
to  be  present  at  the  Eleotrioal' .Show.  The  other  men  remain  here 
for  the  remainder  of  t ho  week.  Mr.  Stearns  having  already  had 
several  months  experience  is  considered  competent  to  dispense 
with  thf instruction  which  the  others  will  receive  during  the  rest 


weoK.  -rf*.*—* 

The  "u-riirliak  'MBBhefrS 

. ■ 

ait*  A^t-tho-ihetruc  t  ion-shwi;;  '?£• 

ave  not  yet  been 

coming  along  in  fairly  satisfactory  shape.  i 
able  to  get  acceptable  material  for  the  instruction  sheet. 




i)  in  the 

ruga_d  to  blnooula5  effect  rith  »  sllltu  plotupe: 

The  attached  photographs  are  as  follows: 

(1)  Ordinary  photograph 

(8)  Two  images  superimposed.  This  was  m|j|||||th  two  apertures  in 
the  diapliram  of  the  camera  lens,  like  this- which  gives  an 
identical  effect  with  the  plan  you  first  suggfe&eT  of  the  tvra  lenses  and 

(3)  '  Elongated  image.  Made  with  diaphram  like  this:| 
camera  lens. 

You  will  notice  that  the  last  is  identical  with  the  iris  of  a  horse's 
eye. which  goes  to  show  that  the  Lord  was  working  along  the  same  lines 
many  years  ago  when  He  invented  the  horse.  Having  put  the  horse's  eye  on 
the  side  of  his  head  He  undoubtedly  worked  out  this  stunt  as  a  sort  of 
range  finder  for  the  horse.  Optically  wpeaking)our  little  experiment  may 
not  he  orthodox,but  we  are  in  good  company. 

'  Photograph! 3)  is  then  a  horse' s-eye  view,  and  if  we  oould  get  some 
knowledge  of  the  anatomy  of  the  horse's  eye  we  might  find  out  what  to  do 

VL,  /f  /  1  . 

Very  respectfully,  . 




Mr-  Apfol: 

(Coyles  to  Mr*  Edlnon^>T.  Wilson  uid  :’r.  Highara) 

April  SB,  1512. 

In  diacuaaing  the  Kinotophono  witter  recently  with  Ur. 
Edison,  he  ia  convinced  that  the  ultimate  fitadio  for  our  uao  should 
ho  looatod  In  Orange  end  that  this  studio  should  he  provided  with 
ocnvaa  walla  and  roof,  so  aa  to  eliminate  echoes.  Of  oourBe  tbo 

structure  will  he  very  mob  more  suhatantlel  than  a  tent,  hut  at 
the  sumo  time  it  will  ho  arranged  so  that  any  portion  of  the  aides 
or  top  can  he  removed  to  provide  for  lighting  for  photographic  pur¬ 
poses.  Please  arrange  with  Ur.  Hlghcua  for  the  maximum  spaco  nooeso- 
e*y  for  staging  any  sooue  that  wo  may  talcs  for  the  Kinetophano,  allow- 
lng  for  proper  space  for  the  camera  ana  scenery,  end  give  this  infor¬ 
mation  to  Mr.  Edison,  who  will  then  have  the  necessary  mechanical 
details  of  the  building  worked  out  under  his  direction.  When 
the  studio  has  been  designed  by  him,  take  up  the  matter  with  Ur. 
Plimpton  and  gat  hia  advice  as  to  a  suitable  arrangement  of  rooms 
for  storage  of  properties  and  scenery,  dressing  rooms  for  actors, 
toilet  arrangements,  offioo  room,  eto.,  no  that  the  two  plans  oan 
he  combined  together  wither  as  separate  buildings  or  with  the  studio 
on  top  of  a  concrete  building,  as  may  later  he  dooidod.  In  the 
meantime,  arrangements  for  enaaencing  eotuc.1  work  on  subjects  suit¬ 
able  for  release  ehould  be  inmoaietely  undertaken* 

1.  Stoke  arrangements  with  the  proprietor  of  the  Bijou 
Theatre,  oornor  Main  &  Bey  8ts. ,  Orehge,  (formerly  Orange  Music 
Hall)  by  which  the  apparatus  can  be  sot  up  and  a  demonstration 
made  to  test  the  character  of  the  records  under  fairly  normal  work¬ 
ing  conditions.  You  will  probably  bo  able  to  make  this  arrangement 


I. lx-  J?j>fol-  2. 

without  having  to  pay  anything.  Of  course  tho  demonstration  will 
ho  node  in  tho  morning  heforo  the  usual  show  oommenoos.  let  me 
know  when  you  have  made  thOBe  arrangements .  so  that  X  can  take  tlr. 
Edison  down  to  see  tho  demonstration.  Bo  this  immediately,  as  I 
wish  to  have  everything  started  if  possible  before  sailing  for 
Europe  on  May  4th. 

2.  i£r.  Highao  should  make  duplloutes  of  his  Recording 
Machine  and  Amplifying  Bupli outing  Machine ,  so  that  work  will  not 
ho  held  up  in  oaBe  of  a  brook-down. 

3.  fending  the  .actual  construction  of  a  studio  along 
Ur.  Edison’s  lines,  work  can  bo  started  in  tho  tout  and  records 
commenoed.  At  first  do  not  attempt  anything  more  than  songs, 
monologues  and  tho  simplest  kind  of  sketches.  fhese  will  in¬ 
volve  very  simple  scenery  and  settings.  Somo  of  the  recordB  al¬ 
ready  made  oun  probably  he  made  oter  again.  Bear  in  mind  par¬ 
ticularly  not  to  attempt  anything  complicated  or  involvoa,  as 
records  of  this  Bort  should  be  left  for  the  future,  when  we  have 
a  studio  to  work  in  and  understand  more  about  tho  business. 

4.  /.lake  a  try-out  of  such  vaudeville  talent  and  phono¬ 
graph  talent  as  you  can  got  hold  of,  to  determine  the  recording 
qualities  of  their  voices,  so  as  to  soke  a  list  of  avi.  liable  artists 
upon  whom  you  oen  rely.  Hr.  Walter  Miller  can  put  you  in  touch 
with  a  great  many  artlsta  suitable  for  our  purpose  whom  he  has  found 
moke  good  records.  Remember  that  the  appearance  of  an  artiBt  is 
Important  in  your  work,  ns  thoy  must  take  good  photographs.  Eat, 
awkward  and  boraeiy  men  and  women  are  to  he  avoided,  unless,  of 
course,  to  get  comedy  effects.  At  the  Btart,  from  Ur.  Hiller’s 
list  alone  you  ought  to  he  able  to  get  sufficient  talent  to  make  a 


Mr.  Apfol-  3. 

good  many  records.  Do  not  figure  at  first  upon  an  output  of  ooro 
than  four  6-minute  rocordB  per  week,  einoo  that  will  give  us  a 
sufficiently  varied  service.  Also  hear  in  mind  that  the  full 
record  in  csoh  osee  ncod  not  ho  made,  sinoo  many  acceptable  songs 
and  sketches  will  probably  require  not  more  than  throe  or  four 
minutes.  She  shorter  the  record  the  more  easily  it  will  be  handled. 

5.  Prepare  a  list  of  20  reoords,  as  abovo  indicated, 
that  you  would  propose  to  make  first,  end  let  me  see  the  list  as 
soon  as  posslblo.  I  suggest  that  the  "Lecture"  should  be  made 
over  again,  and  if  Kr.  Humphrey  makes  it,  impress  upon  him  the 
importance  of  not  talking  too  loud  and  of  avoiding  giving  tho 
appearance  of  a  man  making  a  strenuous  effort  to  talk  distinctly. 

If  you  havo  a  woman  sing  in  the  "Leoture",  got  a  Good-looking  one 
with,  preferably,  a  contralto  voice.  Tho  one  we  used  in  the  first 
"Lecture"  was  very  poor. 

6.  When  the  apparatus  is  ready  to  put  out,  as  wo  hope 

in  the  Pell,  wo  must  have  a  number  of  operators  available  who  under¬ 
stand  the  apparatus  and  will  be  able  to  properly  project  tho  pic¬ 
tures  and  keep  them  in  synchronism  with  the  phonograph.  Demon¬ 
strations  for  this  purpose  can  be  made  in  the  Coaaittoe  Hoorn. 

Most  of  tho  operators  belong  to  a  labor  Union,  so  that  you  can  readi¬ 
ly  reach  them.  I  think  you  will  haY©  no  difficulty  in  instructing 
a  good  many  operators  so  as  to  have  a  list  of  names  of  men  who 
can  be  dopanded  upon.  This  will  give  them  an  opportunity  to  get 
a  highor  class  Job  than  they  now  have,  and  you  will  find  them  anx¬ 
ious  to  learn.  They  generally  have  their  mornings  free.  ier- 
•hapo  at  first "it  might  be  better,  before  npproaohing  Hew  York  opera¬ 
tors,  to  start  out  with  operators  in  Orange  and  Hewark,  who  can  bo 


Hr.  Apfol-  4. 

swro  readily  reached.  Shis  particular  point  Is  not  isrmdiately 
pros Bine,  and  there  wouia  he  no  need  of  starting  in  on  these 
demonstrations  until  about  July,  when  operators  aro  least  hnoy. 
3oar  in  mind,  however,  that  when  w>  actually  start  with  commer¬ 
cial  work  in  tho  Pall,  wo  want  to  have  a  corps  of  woll-drillod 
men  who  Will  he  able  to  operate  the  apparatus  successfully. 

7.  fako  up  icracdiatoly  tho  question  of  sotting  ria 
of  tho  KSrd  3t.  Studio  with  as  little  loss  aa  possible.  ior- 
hapo  Ur.  Plimpton  would  like  to  have  thin  pl&oo  in  which  to  nuke 
nogativoe  for  tho  Homo  Kinetoacopo,  but  he  is  not  to  have  it 
unless  the  present  work  of  Ur.  Seay  is  interfering  with  Mo 
regular  production-  Boxt  approach  the  liooneod  Ihaiufuo furors 
in  Hew  lor''?  and  nee  if  any  of  them  wonts  this  ntudio.  Possi¬ 
bly  the  Kalea  CO.  would  liko  to  have  it.  If  ™  cannot  dispose 
Of  the  atudio  by  either  of  those  ways,  see  if  the  place  or.n  bo 
sub-let,  una  on  what  terms. 

Ploaao  keep  mo  fully  advised  as  to  aovelopmontB. 

3.  1.0. 

PI d/xot 


Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 


cu» aCdiiian-  Orange, N.J..U.S.  A.  Apr .  1  25 ^  I9I2< 

f irfu,  ou~r+  j— * 

Mr.  Edison:  '  1 

About  one  year  ago  I  discussed,  with  members  of  th( 
General  Board  of  the  Navy,  the  matter  of  photographing  shells  in 
flight.  They  were  very  anxious  for  us  to  undertake  the  experi- 


In  December,  I9II,  Commander  Craveh,  then  of  the  Board, 
and  subsequently  Director  of  Takget  Practice  and  Engineering  Compe- 
tions,  visited  the  laboratory.  You  discudsed  the  matter  with  us 
and  told  me  to  go  ahead  and  conduct  such  experiments  as  might  be 
necessary  to  accomplish  the  task. 

On  the  evening  of  Eebruary  9th.,  after  looking  at  the 
educational  films  in  the  Library,  I  mentioned  the  matter  to  Mr. 
Plimpton,  asking  him  if  he  desired  to  take  the  matter  up  with 
Commander  Craven,  and  stating  that  permission  would  be  granted  to 
take  fleet  maneuvres  and  other  pictures  of  public  interest,  in 
return  for  the  special  work  on  shells  in  flight. Receiving  an  affirm¬ 
ative  answer,  I  turned  all  correspondence  from  and  to  Mr,  Braven, 
over  to  Mr.  Plimpton,  and  advised  Mr.  Craven  to  address  Mr.  Plimp¬ 
ton  in  the  matter.  He  did  so,  sending  me  copies  of  all  letters. 

’Then  the  Target  Practice  time  came,  two  operators  went 
from  the  Bronx  to  take  commercial  films,  Dr.  Greene  and  I  went 
with  the  special  machine  constructed  here  in  the  Laboratory, 

Before  leaving  the  dock  at  Old  Point,  the  bpys  discovered 

a  Pathe  outfit  which  the  official  photogtapher  was  endeavoring  to 
smuggle  aboard.  I  reported  the  matter  to  the  Rear  Admiral  in 

command,  through  Commander  Craven,  and  etated  we  would  go  ashore  if 
the  Pathe  man  was  allow8d  to  remain.  He  went  ashore  when  he  showed 
up.  , 

The  experiment  was  a  success.  The  shells  were  photograph¬ 
ed  by  Dr.  Greene,  without  assistance  from  anyone,  and  with  con¬ 
siderable  personal  risk  at  times. 

My  sole  object  in  inaugurating  this  experiment  was  to 
Show  the  Army  and  Navy  people  that  the  Edison  Organisation  can 
accomplish  results  where  others  have  failed.  I  selected  this 
particular  experiment  because  they  have  for  years  been  endeavoring 
to  secure  a  shell  in  flight  just  as  it  arrives  near  the  target. 

Dr.  Greene  has  accomplished  it,  and  the  result  is  going  to  be  of 
more  value  to  the  Edison  Battery  than  to  any  other  Department. 

You  have  authorized  me  to  proceed  with  the  experiments, 
and  have  given  me  the  co-operation  and  assistance  of  Dr.  Breene, 
detaching  him  from  other  work  to  that  end.  I  have  so  advised  the 
Navy  Department,  and  will  discuss  the  matter  with  the  General 
Board  on  Eriday  on  invitation  to  appear  before  them.  X  will 
endeavor  to  get  back  the  actual  outlay  on  the  experiment  to  date, 
and  have  them  pay  actual  cost  of  the  future  experiments  I  propose 
to  conduct  with  them. 

■  Meanwhile,  as  the  pictures  of  shellB  in  flight  are 
confidential,  they  cannot  be  used  commercially.  Even  if  they  could  be 
released,  there  are  no  more  than  ten-exposures  of  any  one  flight, 
the  majority  being  four  or  five  only.  It  would  therefore  be  off  the 
screen  almost  instantly. 

Inasmuch  as  the  entire  benefit  will  be  derived  by  the 
Battery  Company,  I  suggest  that  the  Battery  Co.  be  charged  with  the 
actual  cost  of  the  special  apparatus  to  date,  it  in  turn  charging 

to  my  Advertising  Department,  furthermore  that  the  additional 
experiments  you  have  authorized  me  to  conduct  he  on  Battery  Co. 
account  until  X  can  work  out  the  other  arrangement  with  the  Navy 

It  is  not  my  desire  to  shine  as  a  motion  picture 
expert.  Neither  do  I  wish  to  tread  on  anyone's  toes.  This  is  a 
Laboratory  experiment,  the  laboratory  is  the  place  to  conduct  it, 
and  Greene  has  demonstrated  he  is  the  man  to  do  the  work.  All  I 
can  do  is  to  assume  responsibility  for  the  success  of  the  work, 
assume  responsibility  of  the  confidential  nature,  hustle  the 
job  along,  and  sell  batteries  as  a  result. 

I  hope  to  oonduct  the  entire  matter  without  expense  to 
you  or  to  the  Battery  Company,  and  without  subjecting  you  to  any 
more  bother  than  the  submarine  cell  has  caused  you. 

Please  outline  the  course  clearly  to  all  concerned,  as 
understood  between  us,  in  order  that  I  may  got  through  with  the 
work  with  the  minimum  of  delay  and  the  maximum  advantage  to  the 





ISSUED  DEO,  let,  1911. 



Rule  17  is  hereby  amended  by  adding  at  the  end  thereof  the 
following,  -  except  on  motor-driven  machines,  so  as  to 

Rule  17.  The  film  reels  must  he  operated  hy  a  crank  firmly 
secured  to  the  spindle  or  shaft  on  head  of  the 
machine,  so  there  will  possibility  of  its 
ooming  off,  except  on  motor-driven  machines. 

Rule  19  is  hereby  amended  by  striking  out  the  whole  of  said 
section  and  substituting  in  place  thereof  the  following :- 

Rule  19.  Electric  motorB  may  be  used  for  operating  only  on 

such  machines  as  are  especially  fitted  and  approved 
for  such  use  in  accordance  with  the  following  re¬ 
quirements  :  - 

The  motor  must  be  securely  attached  to  machine 
support;  be  satisfactorily  enclosed  and  must  be 
separately  fused  and  placed  below  the  bottom  line 
of  lamp  houBe. 

(b)  Electric  current  to  operale  both  arc'  light  and 

motor  must  be  controlled  by  one  switch;  an  addi¬ 
tional,  switch  to  control  current  to  motor  must  be 
installed,  and  be  so  constructed  as  to  spring  open 
when  not  held  closed  by  the  operator.' 

(o)  Both  switches  and  the  starting  box  must  be  placed 
on  the  operating  side  of  the  machine  and  at  least 
one  foot  back  from  a  perpendicular  line  of  film 

(d)  All  eleotrioal  devices  must  be  securely  mounted 
on  incombustible  supports  and  be  enclosed  satisfac¬ 
torily  to  the  inspector. 

(e)  The  machine  must  be  so  constructed  or  protected 
that  while  in  operation  displaying  a  picture, 
the  film  cannot  escape  from  the  head  enclosure 
or  'elsewhere  except  as  the  same  is  taken  up 
by  the  lower  magazine  and  crank  must  be  removed 
when  motor-driven. 

(f)  Ho  person  will  be  permitted  to  operate  a  motor-driven 
-  machine  until  he  has  reoeived  a  special  license  therefor, 

wfeioh  license  will  authorize  the  holder  to  operate  either  a  motor  or  hand- 
driyen.. machine.  .  (issued  May  1,  1912  } 

The  Gellueoid  Company 

Executive  Omices 

luoin'*  Aa 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orango,  N.  J. 

Hy  doar  Hr.  EdiBom 

PurttBant  to  our  convarsatiok  of  last  wook,  X  Bond  yoii^two  samplj 
of  fifty  foot  each  of  .005  film  support  such  as  wa  sell  for  sensitising 
for  cinematograph  work. 

One  of  these  1b  our  regular  stock  made  from  nitro-oellulose  and 
the  other,  a  non-inflamnable  film,  made  from  acetyl-oellulose. 

I  have  had  both,  notwithstanding  their  short  lengths,  paoked  on 
our  regular  mandrels  intended  for  300  feet  lengths  and  in  our  regular  man¬ 
ner  so  that  you  may  seo  how  it  is  delivered. 

There  is  no  charge  for  these  samples  and  if  there  is  anything 
further  you  would  like  to  know  about  them  I  will  he  glad  to  call  at  your 

Sinoerely  yours. 

The  CEELUEC^Ag@#^g]ST. 

Executive  Opmceb 

30  “Washington  Peace 
iSTexv  York 

May  8, 

(A*  On*  cfgN-W  'lAU*'1 
Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  “* 

_  L.U*  VAM&’  ^  '  o  aA  |_)  .  *»***&&& ' 

Orange,  N.  ^  |**JF  «*.C£<Wm* 

OP  MR.  H.  P._  MILLER,  SHaagtfll  c  ,..0..<5 \CM~+t  & 

Dear  Sirs- 

Your  favor  of  7th  inat.  i 

(O^CrtA«Ti.C  ^  '*** 

. . . -‘••K  Cf<’v/ 

Tho  Acoto-cellulosa  “  O 

coat  of  Iho  nitro-oellulosejilm  ^ 

than  twenty-five  oenta  net?f?o.b.^S  factory  per  naming  foot  of  the  widl 
of  the  sample  sent  you.  £ 

We  are  atill  experimenting  with  this  film  and  trust  before  long 
to  still  further  improve  it  .and  possibly  reduce  its  present  cost,  and  in 
order  to  get  practical  results  have  erected  an  experimental  plant  to  manu¬ 
facture  on  a  oomnercial,  althougi  anall,  scale  so  as  to  get  actual  working 

If,  and  when,  you  are  interested  in  this  film  and  are  in  a  posi¬ 
tion  to  know  what  you  require  I  would  be  glad  to  oall  and  go  over  the  sub¬ 
ject  and  boo  what  arrangement  could  bo  made  to  meet  your  wishes. 

Yours  truly. 

Otto  Weber: 

Shore  is  nothing  more  important  at  the  present  time  than 
the  completion  of  such  work  as  you  are  doing  for  Mr.  Thompson,  in 
connection  with  the  installation  of  waterproofing  machine  for  Home 
Kinetosoope  film,  and  you  should  do  everything  possible  to  supply 
Mr.  Thompson  with  the  material  he  requires  at  the  earliest  possible 
moment.  If  any  time  oan  be  gained  by  your  working  Saturday  afternoon 
or  Sunday,  I  wish  you  would  take  the  question  of  doing  so  up  with 
Mr.  P.  Weber. 


Copy  to  P.  Weber. 


The  ■waterproofing  machine  for  waterproofing  Home 
Kinetosoope  film  was  reoeivod  here  on  Tuesday,  hut  is  not  yet  set  up 
and  ready  for  operation,  nor  oan  it  he  before  the  latter  part  of  nest 
west,  beoause  of  certain  work  on  drying  machine  and  the  room  in  which 
the  apparatus  is  to  he  installed  having  to  he  done  first.  It  is  of 
the  greatest  importance  that  this  machine  he  in  operation  at  the 
earliest  possible  moment,  as  no  piotures  Bhould  he  sent  out  until  they 
are  waterproofed;  therefore,  if  there  is  any  way  whereby  the  work  of 
installation  can  he  hastened  by  working  Saturday  afternoon  or  Sunday, 
you  will  please  soo  it  is  done.  If  there  is  any  delay  in  obtaining 
any  material  whioh  you  require  in  connection  with  the  setting  up  of 
this  apparatus,  please  take  the  matter  up  with  Hr.  Y?obor ,  who  will  boo 
that  you  are  supplied  with  it. 

5/10/12.  C.H.W. 

Messrs.  Gall :  Ehomp  s  on  : 

In  arranging  the  room  for  Hr.  B^nbold  to  in¬ 
spect  and  test. out  Home  P.  K.  pictures,  you  will  please  install  throe 
machines,  one  each  of  the  different  lightings,  so  that  for  a  time  at 
least  he  can  tost  the  piotures  on  all  throe  systems,  that  is,  Baby  Arc, 
Ilernst  and  Acetylene.  It  is  important  that' this  he  done  for  the 
reason  that  some  piotures  which  might  prove  satisfactory  when  used 
Yfith  the  Bahy  Arc,  will  not  show  up  well  at  all  with  the  Hornst,  and 
worse  still  with  the  Acetylene. 

5/11/12.  OJjl'u. 

Copy  to  Uossrs.  E&tyBon:  Earroll. 


Hoanra.  Polaor:  Sorroli:  flmraipoon:  JmaoBon:  Wbor:  ijyar: 

ELewio  note  that  acting  under  instnmtiona  from  Hr.  saloon, 
no  mora  ploturo  eihom  aero  to  ho  given  by  our  Goespony  or  any  omoor 
or  Soproaontotlvo  thereof  to  any  ohtwoh,  organisation,  charitable 
Institution  nor  for  toy  purpoae  ufoatover,  and.  that  wboro  repooetB  of 
thin  kina,  nro  received  thoy  are,  In  aa  nice  tt  my  ao  possible,  to  bo 
rofuaod  on  the  grounda  tint  one  oontroot  with  dealora  dll  not  permit 
our  giving  ohoro  of  this  nature,  end  the  party  requoattne  tho  Show 
la  to  bo  roforrod  to  tho  nearest  dealer  in  mohlnoa  and  to  the  Gonorol 
SMlm  company,  wLth  ohms  arrangoraonto  cm  be  made  on  a  rental  or  In- 
8ta3xsmb  basin  to  obtain  the  mohlre  and  Ulna. 

2Mo  floos  not  prooloflo  tho  giving  of  thraonotrationa  of  tho 
araoll  maohlnoa  by  Hr.  Porroll  or  hlo  aopertmnt.  inaofor  aa  tho  giving 
of  than  In  for  the  purpose  of  duuonatrgtlng  tho  moohlno  and  flSns  to 
pronpootlvo  pnrohaaoro  io  eonoernod,  bat  It  dooa  aloo  apply  to  tho 
Bonn  Kinatoooopo  and  fllBB  so  for  aa  giving  free  aridLMtlona  to  othoro 
than  proopsotlvo  pnrohaaora  is  oonooxnod. 

If  tMa  matter  io  not  thoroughly  ondoratood  by  you,  ploaoo 

S/12/12.  / 

copy  to  Hr.  Edloan. 

as  given  to  me  by  parties  abroad  who 'claim  to  have  need  them  success¬ 

-They  were  given  to  me  confidentially  eo  Kindly  keep  them  to 
yourself  and  your  neoeasary  assietants.  I  trust  they  will  he  of  use 
to  you. 

Yours  truly. 





Suggested  formulae  for  Non  Plain.  Substratum. 

Ho.  1  :  Gelatine 

heat  to  30  0  i 
Aoetio  Aoid 

ooat  at  30  0. 

Ho.  2  Gelatine 

Aoetio  Aoid 

When  melted  add  very  slowly  and  with  constant  stirring 
and  should  the  gelatine  begin  to  soparate  and  adhere  to  the  stirring 
rod  stop  adding. 

Ao stone  20  oz* 

Glycerine  2  " 

coat  at  30  0. 

.  by  weight 

I  when  molted  add 


With  reference  to  the  H.  I.  substratum  formulae  above,  you  may  need 
to  modify  the  proportion  of  aoetio  acid,  but  a  few  experiments  will  show 
you  the  right  quantities  to  use. 


Mosers  .  Brown:  Redfoarn:  Borggren:  Eclrort : 

(1)  50jj  por  linear  foot  for  negative. 

(2)  For  professional  positive  films,  16f(  por  linear  foot  por  print. 
(MiniHraia  $150. ) 

(s)  For  Home  Kineto scope  Positive  Film — 

10  to  25  prints  Zfii  not  per  foot  per  print 
25  to  60  prints  26p  net  per  foot  per  print 

fO  or  more  prints  20(5  net  per  foot  per  print. 

10  prints  minimum  quantity  that  will  ho  furnished. ) 

5/29/12.  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Plimpton:  Byer:  Maxwell:  Harrell:  J.Pelzer: 

At  Hewport  yesterday,  I  had  an  opportunity  to 
try  some  photographic  experiments,  and.  achieved  one 
very  remarkable  result  which  you  probably  have  already 
investigated  in  connection  with  the  moving  picture, 
but  which  may  possibly, have  escaped  your  attention. 

X  took  out  while  oh  a  visit  to  a  submarine  in  which  I 
made  a  descent  a  stereoscopic  camera  -the  only  one 

for  which  I  could  find  films  available.  Returning  to 
■the  gallery  of  the  local  photographer  who  loaned  me  / 
some“ohemioals,  hut  who  was  very  ill -equipped,  I  ' 
devoted  a  few  moments  to  making  a  positive  of  a  stereo¬ 
scopic  view  for  one  of  the  naval  officers.  Me  monkied 
around  with  two  lights  and  two  lenses,  and  roughly 
fooussed  the  two  steroosoopio  pictures  on  a  wall.  The 
result  was  crude,  but  really  startling  in  its  depth  of 
perspective,  the  "roundness"  which  it  gave  to  the  objeots 
photographed  and  the  general"life"  of  the  whole  thing. 

It  therefore  occurs  to  me  that  the  introduction  of  the 
stereoscopic  principle  into  the  moving  picture  might 
produce  very  remarkable  results.  Of  course,  you 
understand  far  better  than  X  do  why  a  stereoscopic 
view  comes  muoh  nearer  to  duplicating  the  image  produced 
by  vision  from  two  eyes,  than  a  picture  made  with  a 
sincle  lens  possibly  could.  If  you  have  never  tried 
this  soheme,*let  me  share  with  you  in  the  very  slig-ht 
expense  of  attaching  stereosoopio  lenses  to  a  moving- 
picture  camera,  and  try  the  experiment.  My  experience 
of  yesterday  convinced  me  that  the  results  will  he 
absolutely  startling 

later,  I  spoke  (like  a  d  fool)  to.  the  Hoad  of  the 
pallery  and  supply  house  at  iJev;port  about  the  matter, 
and  aeked  him  if,  so  far  ae  he  knew,  the  stereoscopic, 
nrinoinle  had  been  used  in  stereoptioon  work.  He  said 
that  he  did  not  know  that  it  Hiad,.;and  instantly- began  to 
speculate  upon  its  possibilities.:  I  an  afraid  I  started 

in  .hie  mind  a  train  of  thought. 

Very  .likely,'  in  making  this  suggestion  to  you, 

I  am  like  the  youth  who  walked. from'  Ohio  to  Washington 
desiring  to  patent  the  principle  of  the • syphon. whioh 
he  had  just  disoovered .  But  op  the  other  hand,  it 
may  he  that  the 'thought /is  really  new,  and  in  that 
Oase,  it  is  certainly  worthwhile. 

Let  me -know 'when  you  are  ready ,  to  talk  for  ' 

"Good  Housekeeping". 

Very  sinoerely  yours : 


^mea'dow  croft. 


KTjEIHE  OPTICAL  company 

June  22nd,  1912 

Mr.  Pelzer ,  • 

o/o  ThotnaB  A.  Edison,  Ino., 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  a  ear  Mr.  Pelzer 

Received  your  letter  this  morning  and  immediately 
repaired  to  the  City  Hall. 

Your  replacing  the  wooden  baseboard  and  mechanism 
baseboard  with  metal  is  entirely  satisfactory.  The  lamphouse, 

and  rods  attached  to  it. 

There  is  no  rule  or  regulation  concerning  the 


In  this  respect  the  Motiongraph  is  entirely  satisfactory. 

The  top  of  the  house  cannot  be  provided  with  a 

similar  insulating  and  heat  resisting  material. 

jliioia  et  JJ* aSSj*“o«<>S  'h<l 

li  f£?S£  .f -!  *-• 

not.  less  than  one-half  of  an  inch. 

You  will  no  doubt  recall  that  the  Motiograph 
lamphouse  door  was  double.  This  construction  is  not  absolutely 

A  60-ampere  switch  with  each  machine  vouia  be 
a  great  improvement,  as  of  late  we  haye^had  : rranerouB  kicks  _ 
on  the  light  switch  that  is  now  supplied  not  only  in  Chicago 

June  22/12 

bu-£  out  of  Chicago. 

Trusting  the  above  will  enable  you  to  get  quick 
action,  ana  with  kind  regards,  I  remain 

Respectfully  yours 

(signea)  C.  A.  Hofmann 


»  «°on  «.  ».  «i  «'“««”• 

please  hurry  up. 

Messrs.  Weber:  Wetzel: 

According  to  instructions  given  me  by  Mr.  Edison, 
all  work  is  to  be  stopped  on  the  Highamaphone  machines  and  synchronizing 
devioes  with  the  exception  of  two  which  we  want  completed  at  the 
earliest  possible  moment,  one  for  use  in  Mr.  Edison’s  library  and  the 
other  for  use  by  Mr.  Higham  in  oase  hiB  present  machine  breaks  down. 

This  work  is  stopped  because  of  certain  changes  which  Mr.  Edison 
considers  necessary  to  males. 

6/24/12.  C.H^, 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Dyer:  Hird:  Apfel:  Higham:  Bliss. 

Mr.  H.  J.  Miller,/  ^  hv  •  ^ 

tvi«  BursttU  of  Ordnanca  has  i8sued/a 

srisaas  atsaffs  ss^aawas^ 

shells  in  flight. 

It  has  been  arranged  that  I  am  to 
the  Bureau,  and  they  will  forward  check  to  me  in  payment 
of  the  hill. 

Therefore,  in  the  matter  of  the  special 
work  that  has  been  conducted  on  order  No.  3043,  kindly 
enter  same  on  the  hoolcs  as 



and  I  will  take  care  of  it  in  due  course. 

The  tests  have  been  deiayedforfromono 

to  three  months,  and  the  Bureau  suggests  that  I  render 
hill  for  work  material,  etc*  when  the  tests  a 

Se£dWin:  Phl^i?a;  ft.O.MoOhesney;  Ireten;  Maxwell- 
Stevens;  Farrell;  Berggren;  Water;  Wm.  Pelzer;  Miller;  Oronkhlte- 
Aiken;  Durand;  Rogers:  ’ 

’  .  4-  v.  v  4  Raring  te  the  exhibit  of  samplee  of  ear  new 

pretest  whioh  Is  to  he  plaoed  In  our  Building  #10  Fifth  Avenjre 
on  July  6th  and  6th,  would  reapeotfully  adviBe  that  1  hare  had  a 
large  number  of  aooeptanoes  and  It  looks  now  as  though  we  ought 
to  hare  at  least  representatires  from  seventy- fire  or  eighty  Job¬ 
bing  houses. 

.  ,  ,,  ttader  the  olroumstanoes  l  would  ask  you  to  be 

present  at  the  Hew  York  Office  aa  early  as  possible  on  Friday 
morning,  spending  the  entire  day  there  and  planning  to  take 
dinner  and  go  to  the  theatre  with  us  that  evening^ 

„  .  Will  alBo  want  as  many  as  possible  at  the  Hew 

York  Offloe  on  Baturday  morning,  remaining  there  until  all  vis¬ 
itors  have  been  properly  taken  oare  of. 

.  .  W  there  is  any  reason  why  It  will  be  Impossible 

for  you  to  carry  out  my  suggestions,  would  be  pleased  to  have  you 
advise  me  promptly. 

M  13  19!  2 

Mr.  Pelzer: 

Please  arrange  to  install  a  professional  picture  machine 
In  the  Hew  York  Office,  10-6th  Ave.  at  onoo.  I  think  tho  heat  place 
for  this  will  ho  on  the  3rd  floor  in  the  samo  room  where  tho  Homo  P.E. 
is  being  shown,  end  if  the  distance  now  used  for  tho  Homo  P.E.  is  not 
sufficient,  you  oan  got  a  longer  throw  hy  tearing  out  one  of  tho  office 
partitions  now  in  tho  front  end  of  that  floor. 

I  presume  it  will  he  necessary  to  place  the  machine  in  a 
fire-proof  booth  and  also  have  tho  wiring  done  under  the  rules  of  the 
Eire  Underwriters.  All  this,  however,  X  will  leave  to  you  to  attend  to. 

As  it  will  he  necessary  to  have  a  Hew  York  State  licensed 
operator  running  thiB  machine,  I  wiBh  you  would  arrange  with  Hallhorg 
or  someone  else  so  that  we  can  get  an  operator  on  telephone  call. 

7/12/12.  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Dyer:  Dolbeor :  Goodwin. 



■M  13 1912 

Messrs.  Bolbeer:  Goodwin: 

I  have  arranged  with  Mr:  Pelzer  to  borrow 
the  sorvioes  of  John  Hardin  for  the  purpose  of  putting  him  in  ohargo 
of  tho  exhibit  at  Hew  York  Office,  10-5th  Avo.  and  he  will  be  ready 
to  report  Monday  morning.  Post  him  fully  on  prices,  discounts,  terms, 
&o.  concerning  the  new  line  of  machines.  With  Hardin  as  manager  there, 
Robert  Bolan  should  be  taught  how  to  operate  tho  Homo  P.K. ,  and  he  oan 
then  do  the  demonstrating  of  both  the  phonogaplis  and  Homo  P.K.  whon 

These  two  people  with  some  young  man  whom  you  will  ploase 
select  to  aot  as  door-keepor  in  the  basement  should  bo  all  the 
permanent  help  wo  will  require. 


Copies  to  Messrs. 

.  Edison: 


Dyer:  Farrell. 


give  you  detailed  report  of  the  Projecting  Machine  situation 
in  this  country: 

Prom  the  heat  information  X  can  obtain 
the  Nicholas  Power  Company's  sales  for  the  present  year 
will  amount  to  about  three  (3000)  thousand  machines; 
our  sales  will  be  about  one  (1000)  thousand;  Motiograph 
about  seven  hundred  and  fifty  (760);  all  others  about 
four  (400)  hundred. 

The  increase  and  demand  for  Powers 
and  Motiograph  machines  can  be  attributed  to  the  follow¬ 
ing  reasons: 

First:  The  building  of  two  distinctly  new  models  by 

both  the  Powers  and  Motiograph  people  during  the  past 
three  years. 

Seoond:  Through  the  selling  plan  adopted  by  the  Nicholas 

Power  Company  as  follows:  • 

They  would  allow  a  prospective  purchaser 
#60.00  for  his  old  Model  machine,  regardless  of  mafca ,  to 
apply  on  the  purchase  prioe  of  one  of  their  new  Models,  allow¬ 
ing  him  to  pay  the  balanoe  by  installments,  and  when  pressed 
would  allow  a  discount  in  addition  and  also  guarantee  to  re¬ 
place  all  worn  out  parts  for  one  year  free  of  charge. 

Third;  All  other  manufacturers  would  allow  Dealers  to 
have  their  machines  on  consignment,  we  doing  no  consign¬ 
ment  business  whatever.  This,  of  course,  would  influence 
the  dealer  to  push  the  machines  which  he  had  on  consign¬ 
ment  and  entail  no  outlay  of  money. 

In  addition  to  the  above  reasons, 
the  other  manufacturers  also  resort  to  underhand  methods 
by  telling  the  Dealers  that  the  Edison  Company  were  the 
ones  who  organized  the  so-called  "Trust,"  and,  therefore, 
were  the  oause  of  their  being  left  outside  the  licensed 

They  also,  state:  "that  they  were  not 
film  manufacturers  and,  therefore,  had  no  axe  to  grind, 
and  that  their  sympathies  were  with  the  Independent  Move¬ 
ment  .  " 

'The  Motiograph  and  Simplex  people  are 
also  interested  in  Independent  Film  Manufacturing  concerns. 
This  they  pointed  out  to  the  Independent  Film  Exohange 
man  to  show  that  their  sympathies  were  with  their  side  and 
in  this  way  prevailed  on  them  to  push  their  make  of  ma¬ 
chine  s  . 

I  also  know  that  Operators  from  time  to 
time  receive  commissions  for  pushing  other  makes  of  ma¬ 
chines.  I  am  sure  that  over  80$  of  the  machines  ordered 
are  sold  through  the  influence  of  the  Operator  as  the 
Owner  or  Manager  of  a  theatre  rarely  knows  one  machine 
from  the  other,  and  the  Operator's  advide  is  usually 
accepted  as  final. 

In  additon  to  the  Operators  receiving  com- 
missionSthey  from  time  to  time  receive  little  souviners,. 
such  as,  watch  fobs,  match  safes  and  desk  calendars,  from 
the  other  manufacturers.  This  also  goes  to  create  a 
friendly  feeling  toward  machines  of  those  manufacturers. 

As  to  the  merits  of  each  machine,  will  say 
that  our  machine  will  out-wear  any  other  machine  on  the 
market.  As  far  as  projection  goes,  it  is  not  better  than 
any  other  machine,  but  equally  as  good.  She  Powers  machine 
is  preferred  by  the  Operators-  because  it  makes  considerably 
less  noise  than  ours.  This  is  due  to  the  fact  that  the 
'  Powers  people  use  soft  metal  in  their  gears. 

The  other  manufacturers  are  also  more  prompt 
in  making  improvements  on  their  machines  than  we  are. 

It  is  an  old  cry- among  the  operators,  "that 
the  Edison  maohine  today  is  practically  the  sane  as  it  was 
ten  years  ago  with  the  exception  of  a  few  minor  improvements 
and  a  little  nickel-plating,  while  the  price  has  almost  doubled 
itself  in  five  years."  The  majority  of  them  say;  "Give  us 
something  new,"  and  this  we  must  do  if  we  ever  expect  to  get 
back  the  business  which  we  have  lost  during  the  past  year. 

I  attach  herewith  copy  of  report  sent  us  from 
the  Hondo n  Office  on  the  machine  situation  over  there.  This 
report  will  bear  me  out  in  my- contention  that  we  must  have  a 
new  Model  maohine  if  we  ever  expect  to  get  any  of  the  foreign 

fours  very  truly 

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Oo3t  Dept.  copy. 

August  23,  1912. 

Home  P.  K.  Department -,- 

The  teste  made  ©n  the  25  and  40 
cycle i  110- volt,  sample  transformer  submitted  by  the 
Sutler-Hammer  Manufacturing  Company,  prjpved  satisfactory. 
The  Blight  fllcter  In  the  light  when  furnished  hythe 
low  frequency  Una  was  not  objectionable  whenpr ejecting 
lantern  slides!  while  on  the  motion  picture  it  could  not 
be  noticed  at  all.  The  Sales  Department  is  very  anxious 
to  have  a  humber  of  these  transformers  to  supply  to  their 
Buffalo,  Syracuse  and. Albany  and  other  New  York  state 
clients  as  early  as  possible. 

In  placing  formal  orders-with  the 
Cutler-Hammer  Manufacturing  Company,  I  wohld  insist 
on  the  following  modifications  in  their  apparatus. 

1.  .<■  That  the  connecting  cords  bf  of  approved 


2.  The  uee  of  a  short  stem  switch. 

3.  Helical  spring  bushings  at  outlets. 

4.  That  the  cover  be  made  of  heavy  perflated 
sheet  metal,  highly  polished,,  and  finished 
similar  to  the  cover  on  the  rheostat. 

5.  That  the  base  be  made  to  conform  with  the 
requirements  of  Dr.  Pierce  of  the  Nation¬ 
al  Board  of  Pire  Underwriters. 

July  26,-  1912. 


We  have  In  atook  In  the  Stationery 
Department,  "Tranao"  envelopes  like  sampleB  attached.  It 
1b  desired  that  these, he  used  as  much  a»  possihle  for  all  mall 
matter  1 no toad  of  the  envelopes  we  have  been  using. 


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)  Liberty  Street 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison 

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purpose  of  this  letter  is  to  asYc  you  if  you  will  he  interested  to  a<*UgTe 
the  American  rights  for  a  new  uninflammable  moving  picture  film  whJ2H 
is  also  more  transparent  than  all  those  now  used.  It  has  been  not  oqffy 
reccomended  by  the  different  fire  departments  abroad  but  as  I  understand 
it  laws  will  be  passed  whereby  only  such  films  may  be  used  in  movin0  pic 
ture  theatres  etc.^  ^  orlce  ;  ftt  tjw  figure  ftt  which  the  ones  now 

in  use  are  sold  a  net  profit  of  one  hundred  per  cent  is  made.  . 

The  English  Company  has  already  been  organized  and  is  about  ereo 
tins'  the  different  factories  now.  Our  Berlin  firm  is  about  closing  a  deal 
wi?h  the  inventor  who  lives  in  Berlin  for  a  tract  of  over  ion  acres  near 

Berlin.  ^  kave  an  idea  that  acquiring  these  patents  for  America  from 
the  inventor  and  his  syndicate  you  can  get  higher  prices  than  anybody 

““  Kr  fll“  "VKfoSli.o.rl.  C  »  r  ,  .  »  t  can  he  thrown  fro.  th.  . 
moving  picture  machine  on  the  film  for  any  lenghth  of  time  and  it  will  not 
burn  like  the  nresent  films.  Ho  doubt  the  different  states  tnat  is  the 
cities  will  through  the  Department  of  Fire  Prevention  order  the  use  of 
inflammable  films  ahall  thank  you  for  an  early  reply  to  our  Hew  York 

Office  and  will  be  glad  in  case  you  have  a  representative  in  Europe  get; 
in  touch  with  our  Berlin  Office  atyour  earliest  convenience. 

The  same,  inventor  has  put  an  artificial  silk  product 
cannot  be  told  from  real  silk  and  has. already  made  conti 
of  his  entire  output  for  two  years. 

•e  authorized  to  negotiate  also  for  this  invention  and 
to  propositions  as  to  a  company  to  be  organized, in 

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Ur.  Weber 

How  that  tho  lower  take-up  for  the  Homo  P.  K. 
is  in  the  hands  of  the  Manufacturing  Department,  and  the  delay- 
in  completing  Home  P.  K.  machines  has  been  because  we  have  been 
held  up  to  a  certain  extent  by  this  lower  take-up,  it  is  vory 
necessary  that  we  increase  the  production  of  tho  Homo  P.  IC. 
machines  including  the  lower  take-up. 

Wo  have  on  shipping  order  3800  machines,  all 
of  which  oen  be  shipped  as  soon  as  ready.  Will  you  please 
look  into  thiB  matter  immediately  and  advise  me  how  many  weekly 
we  may  expect  from  now  on. 

8/26/12.  O.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edi  Dyer:  Parr ell. 








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August  Twenty  Eighth 

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■Tr’our'T.etter  of  yeetArdiy  iWiitig Jfii  _W*  1 -  Infletomible  ^yiaS  picture 
>32 ms,  Will  you  have  th*  kirtdrielte  i«  wh^t  ^edt\y+2u^iH!  ^ 

^opiipeot  to  use  ,  so  thaft  whin  the  «fmh  facUry  is  ready  th  bpeVdte  on- 
ia."5LtCrge  scale  thev  are  in  ef  ridffitlon  to  quote  you  a  priofe  for  euch  quah*- 

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your  fri^ndu  and  acqUdirttahOeGf  might  he  thtere ttedln  going  into  this 
^atte7  —  the  film  astfell  hk  the  irtlfioiil -silk  processes,  ^e  heiiove 
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Roll  Cost 

$  Mise. 

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i  Eor'n  Negative  Cost  CoBt 

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Total  length  &  11£  Eoreign  listed 

Cost  feet  per  ft  Negtiv  length 

The  Governor  S  1026 

Bridget’s  Sudden  Wealth  W  1040 

Lazy  Bill  Hudson  W  1043 

The  Girl  from  the  Country  S  1106 

The  Green-eyed  Monster  W  1042 

The  Usurer's  Grip  Brb  i113 

A  Eresh  Air  Romance  S  1112 

Mary  in  Stageland  S  1103 

Unole  Mun  &  the  Minister  W  1101 

At  Home  in  the  Water  Brt  1134 

The  Affair  at  Raynors  Brh  1131 

Under  Ealse  Colors  Brh  1121 

Outwitting  the  Professor  W  1044 


7118  1000  6312  161.40  747.00  176.39  326.74  1401.83 

7112  600  3026  86.24  252.00  94.65  267.79  700.58 

7119  490  2276  64.87  155.00  11,23  206.90  438.00. 

7130  1000  5*2*-  180.84  347. 5Q  142.87  224.72  866.83 

7132  700  4124  117.53  186.50  78.07  358.93  741.0% 

7134  1000  4528  129.05  410,00  158.46  282.10  979.61 

7139  1000  4928  140.45  277.50  111.07  291,83.  820.85 

7127  1000  8236  234.72  862.00  184.10  338.62  1619.44 

7137  1000  7844  223.85  796.00  220,73  641.20  1881.48 

7150  400  3124  89.03  ---  39.00  61.54  179.67 

7152  1000  5128  146.16  317.50  66.90  338.77  869.32 

7136  1000  7128  203.15  852.50  553.01  384.68  1993.34 

7140  1000  4594  130.93  156.00  833.20  472.81 

17  0.05 
197.60  ' 
IB.  94 

11190  6BB30  1867.61  533B. 60  2 

).  88  4186.63  13462.32  1413.64  2555. 

266. 20 
133. 10 
83. 19 

185.  79 
357  .  26 

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906.86  cBBO 
667.25  480 

1121.00  927 

959.45  774 

1268. 29  928 

1062.7  0  962 

2096.83-  919 
2436.33,  935 
232.71  350_ 

1125.58  893 
2581.  C7  930 

1258.58  960_ 
17431.61  10542 

Total  number  of  feet  of  liBted  leri{ih 
Total  number  of  feet  of  H.X.  listen-length  ohargable 
to  regular  production 

Total  Cost  Regular  Production  16273 

Plus  •£  total  cost  of  II. K.  Production  151j 

Average  Cost  per  listed  foot 




102.  08 
38.  50 
98.  33 
102.  30 

1166. 21 
2333. 48 
194.  21 







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1.  03 


1159.62  16271.99 

AUGUST  1912 

Kitty  at  Boarding  School 
How  Bobby  joined  the'  C*rcus 
Widow’s.  Second  Marriage 


Seay  82  7147  650  5894  167.96  557.50  82.33  218.79  1026.60 

"  71  7124  680  4678  130,47  215.00  361.39  178,72  886,68 

«  86  7142  650  4168  118.79  342. 00  89.88  21B.8B  766.49 

1950  14640  417.24  1114.80  833.57  613.36  2678.67 

Total  Cost  as  per  above 

One-half  of  which  is  ohargable  to  Regular  Production 

Total  number  of  feet  of  listed  length 
Total  Cost 
Average  Cost  per  listed  foot 

21.26.  195.03  1242.89 

18.34  168.22  1072.14 

15.88  146. 58  927.95 

55.48  608.83:  3242.98 

$3029. 69 

1614.86  $1514.84 



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708  77.88  1165.01 

612  67.32  1004.82 

619  68; 09  859.86 

1939  213. 29  3029. 69 

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Finanzierungen  Ron .Thorny  A.  Pdiuon, 

_ _ _  Orange,,  N.  J. 

JOear  Sir: 

We  take  pleasure  herewith  in  referring  to  your 
letter  of  August  31 et,  in  whioh  you  state  that  Mr.  Ediaoh  would  like  to 
see  the  writer  at  his  laboratory,  tfhe  writer  has  not  palled  because 
he  wub  expecting  one  of  the  directors  of  tke  Hbroid  domphny — cbntrolling 
the  moving  picture  film  and  artificial  silk  patents*--- in  this  city  for 
the  last  two  weeks.  He  just  heard  that  he  will  arrive  to  mdrrow  morn¬ 
ing.  He  is  the  representative  of  the  London  Chamber  of  Commerce  to  the 
International  Congress  of  Chamber  of  Commerces,  His  stay  in  Hewlfork 
will  therefore  b*  very  limltjed,  and  w»  will  thank  you  for  being  informed 
by.  you  9 t  your  earliest  ponvenienop  if  an  appoinjtpeni  with  ftf.  Edison 
can  be  arranged  for  Wednesday  or  Friday,  (if  possible  Friday)., 

Jhanking  yoju  fpr  the  favor  pjf  an  early  early  reply,  we 


T°urs  ysry  tpuiy. 

.  September  16  ,  1912 

The  writer  just  finds  out  at  5.30 
V ,M.  that  an  appointment  can  also  be  arranged  for 

Thanking  you  for  the  favor  of  an  early 
reply  ,  we  are 

Yours  very  truly 
Firm  if  Julius  W.  Bier- 




V  t/j 

Messrs.  Wehor:  Wetzel: 

Ohio!  Engineer  Hutchinson  advises  that  the 
acetylene  generator  now  in  stoo* for  Home  Picture  , 
suitable  end  oannot  he  used  for  the  purpose  lntondoa..  IhlQ  Tail 
nrovont  our  any  shipments  of  Homo  Pioturo  M&ohlnea  with 

X"3.»s  bioomi  5”2£1?sjausSt,''1'tl‘ 

Isf S ZSSxhz  5U- 

to  -use  oare  in  handling  it. 

9/18/12.  ,  C,,H,W*. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  12di/on:  Dyer:  Maxell:  Earroll:  Hatchinoon. 




i SOS  Funny  Stoke 

Newark,  n.  J.,  September  19th,  1912. 

iCT  ^ 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  Laboratories 
Y/est  Orange, 

Dear  sir:- 

oe  bsi'.errr:.  - «. -  ■  ^ 

On  September  6th  we  wrote  you  stating  that  we-nad  Bent 

you  six  celluloid  tubes  in  an  unseasoned  condition  aflff'wrappedi n 
cloth  to  keep  them  clean.  We  now  send  you  six  sirailg^ubes 

which  have  been’  thorou^ily  seasoned  in  their  clothf 

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That  is,  the  wrappings  have  not  been  removed;  therefore,  the 

tubes  should  be  perfectly  clean,  on  the  outside  at  least. 

„\s  r  .sruSc  fours  truly. 




September  20,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison: 

I  hand  you  herewith  first  draft  of  proposed  contract 
on  the  Kinetophone  with  the  American  Talking  Picture  Co. 

This  concern  has  just  been  organized  in  How  York  by  the 
principal  men  in  the  United  Booking  Co. ,  which  I  understand  con¬ 
trols  the  principal  vaudeville  theatres  in  this  country. 

JThe  United  Booking  Co.  is  prevented  by  its  charter 

■cm  doing  anything,  e^ap^J  theatrical  agency  business;  conse* 
lantly,  the  men  wh/run/it  (Messrs.  Keith,  Proctorjau£dao^ 
U  ^Mbsidiar^__cfliweTrrS-?orhandlin6  othe^\ 

*  5«jof  hjfainess  .^luc^astheownership  of  theatres,  etc.  \J)> 
*  \  Yc/w^L*  nod  that  the  present  contract  provides 

y  y  o/We  o/ober  1.  1912,  they  are  to  turn  over  to 

V  /  ya^emanC  y/fh  tSfeatreB  aggregating  §10.000  per  week,  which/l  ^ 

inwwill  be  sufficient  security.  _ 

^  /  I  presume  the  contract,  as  the  result  of  negotiation, 

may  be  changed  in  some  slight  particulars,  but  I  am  strongly 
hopeful  that  it  can  go  through  in  substantially  its  present 
form  if  approved  by  you. 

Please  read  over  the  contract  and  I  will  try  to  answer 
any  questions  you  may  have  to  ask  concerning  it. 

EID/IWW  1,4  %<K 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison* 
Orange*  H.  J. 
My'  Dear  Sir  s 

Fores!  City,  Pa.  September  26,  1012. 



From  your  letter  of  the  19th  inst.  0  note  that 
you  are  interested  in  sterosoopic  effect,  and  upon  thiB  ground  I  amt 
taking  the  liberty  to  portray  to  you  what  I  believe  to  be  an  entire¬ 
ly  new  discovery  in  this  line. 

My  discovery  in  principle  is  identical  with  the 
plan  upon  which  moving  picture  are  made  to  appear  realistic.  Each 
picture  appearing  of  itself  ho  more  in  sterosoopic  effect  than  does 
a  single  film  picture  appear  in  motion.  But  by  consecutive  pictures 
the  effext  is  re -produced. 

Make  this  experiment: 

With  a  good  viewfinder  held  rigidly  in  the  hands 
before  you,  while  standing,  and  noteing  the  immage  it  will  be  obser¬ 
ved  to  be  lacking  in  steroscoptic  effect.  But  now  —  still  holding 
the  arms  rigidly  before  you  --rock  the  body  from  side  to  side  over 
a  radius  of  two  or  three  inches  and  note  the  effect  closely.  The 
motion  should  be  as  steady  and  as  parallel  as  posible  of  about  once 
per  second.  A  little  practice  will  brihg  out  a  very  dear  and  true 
sterosoopic  effect.  For  best  results  the  foreground  Bhould  be  from 
15  to  20  ft.  from  the  oamera,  while  a  scene  ksbh  containing  a  dis¬ 
tant  perspective,  or  trees  and  shrubery  bring  out  the  effect  most 
perfectly  with  a  small  finder. 

For  my  own  observation  I  constructed  a  large  finds 
and  gave  it  motion  upon  a  rigid  foundation.  This  is  the  plan  that 
should  be  carried  out  —  working  automatically  —  while  a  moving 
picture  was  being  taken. 

What  is  your  conception  of  this' plan? 

Tours  very  truly, 





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Edison  will  carry  a  stock  of  machines.  The  machines 
will  he  rented  to  Murdock's  Company  at  §10.00  each  per 
week.  One  year's  rent  per  machine  to  he  deposited .with 
Edison  in  advance.  V/hen  &  machine  is  finally  given  up  hy 
the  Company,  the  accrued  rent  will  he  deducted  .and  the 
balance  returned  to  the  Company.  Minimum  periods  of  rental 
per  machine  to  he  not  less  than  six  months.  Edison  is  to 
he  guaranteed  at  least  §10,000.00  a  week,  payable  weekly, 
as  advance  rentals  on  account  of  machines. 


Film  service  to  he  organized  and  conducted  on  regular 
exchange  plan  hy  an  Exchange  to  he  organized  hy  the  Company. 


Negative  films  are  to  he  made  in  a  studio  which  Edison 
will  furnish.  Edison  will  also  furnish,  at  his  own  expense, 
the  necessary  apparatus  together  with  photograph  and  phono¬ 
graph  operators  for  making  negative  films  and  original 

Salaries  of  actors,  singers,  scene  painters,  and  all 
other  expenses  of  producing  negative  films  and  original 



records  are  to  be  paid  by  the  Exchange,  but  Edison  v/ill 
allow  the  Exchange  on  account  of  its  office  expense  and 
expressage,  $2,000.00  a  week  out  of  the  guaranteed  $10,000.00 
for  rental  of  machines.  Thus,  the  only  investment  on  the 
part  of  the  Exchange  is  the  money  it  expends  for  salaries,  etc. 
in  producing  subjects  beyond  the  $2,000.00  weekly  allowance. 


All  positive  films  will  be  made  by  Edison. 

The  Exchange  will  purchase  the  positive  films  from 
Edison  at  ten  cents  per  foot,  which  price  will  include  a 
phonograph  record  for  each  film. 


Say,  for  example,  that  six  subjects  are  made  per  week, 
at  a  cost  of  $750.00  each,  making  an  aggregate  of  $4,500.00 
a  week.  To  start  with,  it  would  be  advisable  to  have  six 
weeks'  supply  ahead,  which  would  make  an  investment  of 
$27,000.00.  This  would  be  reduced  by  the  allowance  of 
$2,000.00  a  week  by  Edison,  aggregating  $12,000.00,  making 
the  net  investment  $15,000.00. 

This  would  make  thirty-six  subjects  to  begin  with. 

Uaking  six  duplicates  of  each  of  these  subjects  would  give 
216  films.  Suppose  100  theatres  were  started  on  the  exchange 
system,  each  theatre  would  have  two  subjects  to  begin  with. 


This  allows  two  clays  for  film  and  record  to  reach  the  next 
theatre  getting  service. 

In  the  General  Film  Company,  they  have  4/lG  reel  per 
theatre  always  in  circulation,  hut  they  give  two  every  night. 
Hence,  2/l0  reel  per  theatre  may  he  all  right  where  only  one 
reel  is  given  every  night,  providing  there  are  enough  centres 
of  distribution.  As  there  will  he  less  points  of  distribution 
it  may  he  possible  we  should  have-  4/10  or  oven  6/lO  reel 
per  theatre  in  circulation. 

Assuming  4/lO  reel,  however,  then  there  are  40  reels 
in  circulation,  with  36  subjects  out.  There  would  he  six 
duplicates  of  each  of  these  36  subjects,  making  216  films 
in  all,  and  six  new  subjects  going  out  in  the  Exchange  every 
week,  which  would  be  duplicated  six  times,  making  36  new 
films  a  week. 


Cost  of  Negatives  -  6  ©  §750.00  each,  §4500.00, 

Minus  allowance  of  §2,000.00  from  Edison  -  §2500.00 

Cost  of  36  reels  ©  10  cents  per  foot -  1440.00 


Dead  Cost  of  film  rental  on  basis  of  100  theatres, 

without  office  expense  or  expressage  — -  §39.40  each 

Rental  machine 

Weekly,  each 




Co st  of  negatives  -  6  ©  $750.00  each,  $4500.00 
Minus  allowance  of  $2,000.00  from  Edison 
Cost  of  72  reels  ©  10  cents  per  foot  . 

Dead  Cost  of  .film  rental  on  Oasis  of  200  theatres, 

without  office  expense  or  expressage  .  $26.90 

_  10.00 

Rental  machine . v/'s'eidy'"each .  $56.90 





Cost  of  Negatives  -  6  @  $750.00  each,  $4500.00, 

Minus  allowance  of  §2,000.00  from  Eaison  §2500.00 

Cost  of  108  reels  @  10  cents  per  foot  1  §6820.0Cr 

Dead  Cost  of  film  rental  on  basis  of  300  theatres,  ^ 

without  office  expense  or  expressage  - . 7  §2^.. 70 

_ _ _  10.00 

Rental  machine  -  Weekly,  each - $32.70 


Cost  of  Negatives  -  6  @  $750.00  each;  $4500.00, 
Minus  allowance  of  $2,000.00  from  Edison 
Cost  of  144  reels  @  10  cents  per  foot . . 

Dead  Cost  of  film  tental  on  basis  of  400  theatres 
without  office  expense  or  expressage  — . 




-  $20.60 

_  10.00 
-  $50.60 

Rental  Machine 

Weekly,  each 




Cost  of  Negatives  -  6  ©  $750.00  each,  $4500.00, 

Minus  allowance  of  $2,000.00  from  Edison  -  $2500.00 

Cost  of  216  reels  @1  10  cents  per  foot - -  8640.00 


Bead  Cost  of  film  rental  on  basis  of  600  theatres, 

without  office  expense  or  expressage  — - - -  $18.50 

Rental  Machine  — . - .  lOvOO 

Weekly,  each  . . .  $28.50 


Cost  of  Negatives  -  6  @  $750.00  each,  $4500.00, 

Minus  allow- anee  of  $2,000.00  from  Edison - $2500.00 

Cost  of  288  reels  ©  10  cents  per  foot -  11520.00 


Bead  Cost  of  film  rental  on  basis  of  800  theatres, 

without  office  expense  or  expressage  -  $17.50 

Rental  Machine - - 10.00 

Weekly,  each - $27.50 


Cost  of  Negatives  -  6  @  $750.00  each,  $4500.00, 

Minus  allowance  of  $2,000.00  from  Edison  -  $2500.00 

Cost  of  432  reels  ©  10  cents  per  foot -  17280.00 


Bead  Cost  of  film  rental  on  basis  of  1200  theatres, 

without  office  expense  or  expressage  -  $16.48 

Rental  machine - - - -  10.00 



Thus,  with  100  theatres,  dead  cost  is  $49.00  per  week 
Thus,  with  1200  theatres,  dead  cost  is  $26.48  per  week. 

Any  plan  to  sell  films  and  records  to  the  theatres  is 
prohibitory  as  to  cost,  as  very  little  calculation  will 
show . 

The  profit  to  Murdock's  Company  is  the  extra  rent  over 
the  $10.00  per  week,  plus  the  profit  made  by  the  film  rental 
Exchange.  The  only  chance  to  lose  is  that  the  Exchange  will 
not  have  the  service  in  a  sufficient  number  of  theatres 
to  get  back  the  investment  it  makes  in  producing  subjects. 

Edison  stands  to  lose  if  a  great  number  of  machines  are 
rented  and  he  has  them  thrown  on  his  hands  by  reason  of  "cold 
feet"  on  the  part  of  the  theatres. 

If  the  service  can  be  put  in  1200  theatres  and  the  total 
price  per  theatre  for  machine  rental  can  be  made  at 
$40.00  per  week,  the  income  would  be  §48,000.00  per  week,  or 
§50.00  per  week,  the  income  would  be  §60,000.00  per  week, 
from  which  must  be  deducted  office,  expense  and  expressage. 

The  probability  is  that  some  theatres  will  pay  much  more, 
and  none  probably  less  than  §40.00  per  week. 



A  good  film  exchange  man  would  he  needed  to  operate 
the  Exchange. 

At  the  Studio,  two  or  three  good  producers,  familiar 
with  stage  practice,  would  he  required.  Add  to  these  some 
actors  and  actresses  with  good  articulation,  and  the  trick 

would  he  done. 

She  firattr,2B  Kinetophones  will  be  complete  a.  within  the  next 
few  days,  with  the  exception  of  the  cabinets  and  a  few  parts  which 
have  reoently  been  changed  or  for  which  we  have  as  yet  received  no 
instructions  from  Higham  or  Eggleston.  As  soon  as  this  information 
is  received,  work  will  be  puBhed  on  them.  The  cabinets  will  be 
finished  by  the  time  required.  _  ,  _  _ 

•  We  are  alBO  proceeding  with  the  manufacture  of  75  additional 
machines,  making  a  total  of  100,  as  rapidly  as  possible.  These  you 
will  understand  are  being  made  by  hand  or  with  temporary  tools. 


Forest  City,  Pa.  October  7,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  Dear  Sir: 

On  the  26th  Ult.  I  wrote  you  concerning  my  discovery 
in  producing  SteroBCopic  Effect;  disclosing  my  invention' and  requesting 
that  you  give  my  plans  a  trial.  To  date  I  have  received  no  reply  to 
my  letter. 

I  expect  to  he  in  Mew  York  the  first  of  next  week 
and  would  like  to  arrange  for  an  interview  about  Wednesday  the  16th. 

May  I  have  your  immediate  reply  before  I  leave 

for  New  York. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Optometrist ■ 

Messrs.  Gall:  Chompson:  Pelser: 

It  has  been  forma,  that  of  the  1B0 
•dIo tuxes  already  olassified  and  listed  fox  tho  Homo  Kinetosoope, 
a  pertain  percentage  of  thorn  ought  not  to  he  used  because  of  tho 
negative  boing  In  such  shapo  that  coodposltivoprlntsoannot 
be  obtained.  !£o  romody  this  the  negatives  of  all  those  subjeots 
are  to  bo  gone  over  by  Call  or  someone  he  appoints  and  snoh  ones 
as  are  unsuitable  olthor  from  a  photograpMo  point  of  view  or 
bocauso  of  tho  nogatlvo  boing  soratohod  or  In  bad  shape  are  to 
bo  thrown  out.  Che  Palos  Popartmont  is  to  reoolvo  a  list  of 
tho  subjects  thrown  out  and  they  will  then  notify  tho  trade 
that  thoso  particular  subjoots  will  bo  out  from  tho  liBts  already 

owwerninff  the  listing  of  now  subjects,  tho  following  method  is 

Cho^Salos1  Itopt will  furnish  to  tho  Ploturo  flopt.  a  list  of 
subjects  as  thoy  would  lifco  to  have  made  up.  Sho  K>Pt* 

77111  then  go  ovor  tho  negatives  of  thoso  subjects  and  if  they  • 
are  found  to  bo  all  right,  thoy  will  male©  up  a  positivo  of  oaoh  ono 
nr»fl  if  they  oomo  out  all  right,  tho  3olos  Popt.  will  bo  advised 
that  all  subjects  solooted  aro  O.K.  for  listing.  If,  nowovor,  it 
is  deoided  by  the  Picture  Pepartroont  that  negative  is  not  in 
sufficiently  good  shapo,  thoy  aro  to  advise  the  Chios  x,opt.  and 
other  subjects  are  to  be  selected  end  gone  oyor  in  tho  same  manuor. 
If  tho  Picture  Popartmont  finds  that  somo  subjects  a_o: in  their 
opinion  padded  too  much  or  if  oortain  letters  or  titles  have  to 
bo  rewritten  to  msko  thorn  shorter  or  in_ony  way  ohongou  whwoby 
the  length  of  tho  film  would  bo  affootoa,  they  are  to  notify  tho 
Salos  Apartment  end  such  pictures  aro  to  brought  boforo  a  oommittoo 
consisting  of  Messrs.  Polzer,  Gall  and  Ehompson,  who _will  dooido 
what  scenes  to  out  out  or  What  changes  to  bonadcani  ‘*Gttho 
length  of  the  film  will  finally  bo,  after  which  they  con  be  listed 
the  monufaetriro  of  positive  prints  proocedocL  ^slth- 


Liopios  to  Messrs, 

.  Edij/n 


Eyor:  Hutchison. 

( COPY) 

IAGHKEMEHT  made  this  19th  aay  of  Ootobor,  1912, 
between  THOMAS  A.  KPISOH.  IHCORPORATKD .  a  corporation 
duly  organized  under  the  Ibwb  of  the  State  of  Hew  Jeraey, 
hereinafter  called  the  "leBSor"  and  AiffiKICAli  TAhKIflO-flOTUHE 
80MPAHY .  a  corporation  duly  organized  under  the  laws  of  tho 
State  of  Hew  York,  hereinafter  oalled  the  "lessee”, 


WHBHBAS,  tho  leotior  ie  engaged  in  tho  manufacture 
of  certain  apparatus  adopted  to  bo  used  for  tho  representa¬ 
tion  of  Sulking  Pioturos,  said  apparatus  comprising  Kinoto- 
phones  and  films  and  records  therefor*  said  films  and 
records  being  hereinafter  referred  to  os  "Kinotophone  films 
and  Kinetophone  records” ,  and  each  Kinetophono  including 
on  Edison  Underwriters’  Type  ”B"  Kinetosoope,  a  spooial 
loud  talking  phonograph  and  a  synchronizing  device,  said 
apparatus  being  manufactured  under  certain  letters  patent 
I  of  tho  United  States,*  and  sIbo  ombodying  inventions  for  v/hicl 
letters  latent  are  about  to  be  or  havo  been  applied  for  in 
the  Dominion  of  Canada,  umong  which  said  letters  Patont 
and  Applications  are  the  following: - 

Patent  Ho.  604,740,  granted  Hay  31,  1898; 

I  Potent  Ho.  998,671,  granted  July  18,  1911; 

Patent  Ho.  1,031,339,  granted  July  2,  1912; 

I  Patent  Ho.  1,036,236,  granted  AugUBt  20,  1912; 

Application  Serial  Ho.  323,270,  filed  Juno  26,  1906; 
Application  Serial  Ho.  461,869,  filed  Hovomhor  10,  1908; 

Application  Serial  Bo.  600.417,  filed  June  5,  1909; 

Application  Serial  Ho.  644,682,  filed  August  17,  1911; 
Application  Serial  IIo.  697,839,  filed  May  17,  1912;  and 

lYHKHKAS,  the  leasee  desires  to  be  supplied  by 
the  lessor  with  Kinetophones,  Kinetophone  films  and  Kinoto- 
phone  records,  and  desires  to  acquire  tho  exoluBive  right, 
license  and  privilege  to  lease  and  use  and  to  license 
others  to  lease  and  use  said  apparatus  throughout  the 
United  States  and  Canada; 

H0W,  THKKEFOKE ,  in  consideration  of  the  promises 
and  the  mutual  promises  hereinafter  contained,  it  is 
agrood  as  follows :- 

FIRST: -  The  lessor  agrees  to  furnish,  lease 
and  deliver  to  tho  leBsoe,  its  nominees  and  sub-lessees, 
completo  ready  for  installation  and  oonnootion,  and  tho 
lessee  hereby  agroes  to  accept,  hire  and  use  fifty  (50) 
said  Kinetophones,  delivery  of  said  Kinetophones  to  begin 
Deoember  16th,  1912,  and  to  oontinue  thereafter  as  rapidly 
aB  the  manufacturing  conditions  of  the  lessor  will  permit, 
but  not  to  exceed  ten  (10)  of  Bald  Kinetophones  per  week. 

The  lessor  further  agrees  that  in  case  the  lessee  shall 
at  any  time  hereafter  provide  a  place  within  the  City  of 
Hew  York,  together  with  apparatus  uuitable  for  the  instal¬ 
lation  and  demonstration  of  one  of  said  Kinetophones,  the 
lessor  will  upon  notification  thereof,  osubo  tho  said 
Kinetophone  to  be  set  up  in  a  manner  suitable  for  demonstrat¬ 
ing  purposes.  The  lessor  hereby  grantB  to  the  lessee,  its 
nominees  and  sub-ieBseo,  for  the  term  and  subject  to  the 
conditions  hereinafter  Bet  forth,  the  exclusive  right, 
license  and  privilege  to  use  said  Kinetophones  and  the 


Xinotophono  films  and  Xinotophono  rooorao  to  be  furnished 
for  use  therewith  as  herein  provided,  in  the  United  States 
and  Canada. 

SKCOijB:-  In  consideration  of  said  right, 
lioonao  and  privilege  and  the  promises  of  the  lessor  horoij. 
contained,  the  lessee  promises  and  agrees  to  pay  to  tho 
lessor  for  the  uso  of  each  of  said  fifty  (60)  Kineto- 
phonoo,  tho  sum  of  Two  hundred  dollars  (§200)  per  week 
for  and  during  each  week  of  the  term  of  thiB  agreement 
thereafter,  payment  to  oomaonoe,  in  tho  ease  of  deliver¬ 
ies  East  of  tho  Mississippi  River  one  week  after  delivery 
and  in  the  oase  of  deliveries  dent  of  the  fiiSBippi  River 
two  weeks  after  delivery.  The  lessor  further  agroes 
that  if  tho  lessoo  desires  to  hire,  use  or  sublet  more 
than  fifty  of  said  KinotophoneB,  it  will,  upon  notico 
from  tho  lessee,  furnish,  lease,  and  deliver  to  BUid 
lessee,  its  nominoos  or  suh-lOBBees  Buch  additional 
Xinctophonea  as  the  lossee  may  require ,  with  tho  right, 
lioonoe  nnd  privilege  to  use  said  Kinetophones  in  oxooss 
of  tho  fifty  agreod  to  be  aocepted  nnd  hired  as  afore¬ 
said,  and  tho  loBBee  agrees  to  aocopt  and  hire  Bttid 
additional  XinetophonoB  nnd  to  pay  for  tho  use  of  the 
same  as  follows:-  Per  tho  use  of  each  of  the  first 
one  hundred  and  fifty  (160)  of  said  Kinotophonos  in 
©xooss  of  the  fifty  (60)  aforesaid,  the  sum  of  Three 
hundred  dollars  (§300)  per  annua  and  for  eaoh  additional 
Xinetophone,  that  is  to  say,  those  in  exoosB  of  two  hun¬ 
dred  (200),  the  sum  of  Pour  hundred  dollars  (§400)  por 
annua,  payment  for  tho  use  of  oaoh  of  Bald  Kinotophonos 
in  exoosB  of  fifty  (60)  to  be  made  ns  follows:-  One 
weok  after  delivery  a  payment  of  one-half  the  annual 
rental  for  tho  uso  thereof  for  the  first  six  months 

I  and  at  the  expiration  of  the  said  period  of  six  months 
the  su#  of  Twenty-five  dollars  (§85)  per  month  for  each 
of  the  one  hundred  and  fifty  (1BO)  Xinetophonoe  in  excess 
of  tho  first  fifty  (50)  and  Thirty- three  and  33/100  Dol¬ 
lars  ($33.33)  per  month  for  eaoh  additional  Xlnetophone 
in  oxoess  of  the  first  two  hundred  (BOO)p  said  monthly 
payments  to  he  made  so  long  as  eaoh  Bald  Xlnetophone 
in  oxoess  of  fifty  (BO)  shall  remainnthe  possession  of 
tho  said  lessee,  its  nominees  or  suh-leBBees.  Tho  lessee 
l|  shall  havo  tho  right  to  discontinue  tho  use  of  and  return 
I  •  to  the  lessor  any  of  said  additional  Kinetophones  upon 
which  a  rental  for  at  least  one  year  has  been  paid,  except 
1  as  hereinafter  otherwise  provided.  It  is  mutually 
I  agreed  that  the  lessor  shall  make  delivery  of  Xineto- 
|  phonos  and  Xinotophone  films  and  sooordB  to  uny  plaoe  in 
tho  United  States  or  Canada  that  tho  lessee  may  direct, 

I  by  freight  or  expreBB  as  tho  lessee  may  designate,  but  the 
I  lessee  shall  pay  the  oost  of  transportation  or  delivery 
I  thereof  from  Orange,  Hew  Jorsey.  The  lessee  agrees 
at  least  onoe  a  month  to  keep  the  lessor  informed  of 
tho  places  whore  said  Kinotophones  are  installed  from 
time  to  time. 

|  THIRD: -  The  lessee  agrees  not  to  ubo  or 

permit  to  be  used  in  or  in  oonneotion  with  any  Kineto- 
phono  leased  hereunder  any  film  or  record  for  talking 
pictures  oxoept  such  au  shall  bo  furnished  by  tho  lessor, 
and  the  lessor  agrees  to  furnish,  lease  and  deliver  to 
the  lesnoe,  its  nominees  and  aub-losseeB,  and  tho  said 
I  leasee,  for  itself  and  its  Bald  nominees  and  sub-lossees, 
agrees  to  aooept,  hiro  and  use  Xlnetophone  films  and 
Xlnetophone  records  sufficient  for  the  presentation  of 


two  subjects  per  week.  The  leaseo  agrees  to  pay  to  the 
lessor  for  the  use  of  said  films  and  reoords  seven  cents 
(7<5)  per  linool  foot  for  the  films  and  one  dollar  (§1) 
each  for  the  records,  in  addition  to  the  amounts  above 
provided.  It  is  mutually  understood  that  u  record  of 
such  else  kb  to  require  apiiroxlmately  six  minutes  for  the 
reproduction  of  the  Bounds  recordod  upon  it  and  a  film 
containing  piotures  adapted  to  bo  exhibited  in  synchronism 
with  the  sounds  produced  from  said  reoord  shall  consti¬ 
tute  a  Kinotophone  rooord  and  film  of  one  subject, 
nothing in  this  ngreenont  contained  shall  prohibit  the 
lessoe,  its  nominees  and  sub-lessees  from  exhibiting  any 
licensed  film  of  ordinary  pantomime  moving  pictures  furn¬ 
ished  by  a  licensee  of  the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company. 

yOUKCH: -  Che  lessor  agrees  that  the  lesoeo 
shall  have  the  benefit  during  the  term  of  this  agreement 
of all  improvements,  ohanges  or  additions  to  said  Klnoto- 
phonos,  films  and  reoords  under  any  patents  and  inventions 
wfcioh  the  lessor  may  at  any  time  in  .the  future  during  tho  | 
continuance  of  thin  agreement  own  or  enquire,  and  further 
ugreas  to  incorporate  such  iwprovome nts ,  ohangos  and  addi¬ 
tions,  whore  it  is  commaroitlly  practicable  to  do  so,  in 
all  now  Kinetophones,  films  and  records  which  may  be  hcro- 
nftor  dell vo red  to  the  leBseo,  its  nominees ,  or  sub-lessees. 
Should  tho  lessor  exeroiee  tho  option  hereinafter  roferrod 
to,  of  terminating  tho  present  exclusive  lioenso,  tho 

I  lessor  agrees  that  the  Kinetophones,  filmB  and  rocords 
thereafter  supplied  to  the  lessee,  its  nominees  and  sub¬ 
lessees  shall  embody  all  inventions  and  improvements  that 
may  bo  incorporated  in  any  Kinetophones  dolivorod  to  any 
other  user  in  tho  United  Statos  or  Canada.  Che  lessor  ' 


further  agroos,  at  its  own  oost  and  exponso,  to  replace 
worn,  broken  or  dofootlve  parts  whenever  nooeotmry,  ’.mless 
broken  or  Injured  through  the  crtrolossnoss  or  nogleot  of 
the  lessee.  Its  nominees  or  sub-lessees  or  other  agents  or 
servants,  and  if  broken  or  injured  through  Buoh  oureless- 
noss  or  nogleot  the  lessor  agrees  to  repair  or  replace  the 
sane  at  a  reasonable  ohargo  therefor  to  the  leasee;  and 
the  lossee  agrees  not  to  make  or  allov/  to  be  made  any 
additions,  subtractions  or  alterations  to,  from  or  in  the 
apparatus  loaned  hereunder  or  any  part  thereof  without  the 
consent  in  writing  of  the  lessor* 

?I?TU: -  It  is  mutually  agreed  that  if 

through  no  fault  of  the  lessee,  its  nominees  or  eub-lossoe  ! 
any  Kinetophone  loosed  hereunder  shall  break  down  or  fell 
to  work,  the  royalty  or  rental  for  the  dso  thereof  shall 
oeasa  until  such  time  as  said  Kinotofhone  is  put  la  working 
order  by  the  lessor  or  lessee,  provided,  tho  losooe,  its 
nominees  or  suh-leseoes,  notifies  the  lessor  of  such  break • 
down  or  failure  to  work  within  twenty-four  hours  after  tho 
happening  of  such  event  end  tho  cost  of  making  the  noooon- 
ary  repairs  or  of  putting  said  Kinetophone  in  working 
order  shall  bo  borne  and  paid  by  tho  lessor. 

SIXTH:-  It  Is  mutually  understood  and 
agreed  that  the  Kinotophones ,  films  and  reoords  leased 
hereunder  shall  at  all  times  remain  and  bo  the  sole  and 
exclusive  property  of  tho  lessor,  and  tho  lessee,  its  nomi¬ 
nees  unfl  suh-lesseea,  shall  have  no  right  of  property 
therein  except  the  right,  lioonse  find  privilege  to  uee 
the  some  upon  the  conditions  herein  contained  and  subject 
also  to  the  following  conditions  prescribed  by  the  Motion 
Picture  Intents  Company  in  connection  with  the  lease,  withii. 


tho  Uni  to  A  Staten  of  lioaiiBod  film:- 

fa)  That  tha  lessee,  ita  nominees  or  sub¬ 
lessees,  Bhall  not  Boll  or  otherwise  dispose  of  said  Xinot- 
o phone  films  oulgi&ht. 

fb)  That  the  leseoG,  ita  nominoou  or  sub- 
lessaos  shall  not  make  or  permit  others  to  make  any  "dupe" 
or  spurious  copy  of  said  films. 

fo)  That  the  lenoeo  shall  permit  tho  use  of 
said  Kinotophone  films  only  in  oonnootion  with  n  thoatre 
or  place  of  exhibition  licensed  by  tho  Motion  Picture 
Patents  Company. 

(4)  That  tho  lessee,  its  nominees  or  sub- 
la  oseos  shall  not  remove  the  trademark  or  trade -name  or 
title  from  said  film;  and 

(a)  That  tho  loanee  shall  return  to  tho 
lessor  all  Kinotophone  film  or  equivalent  Sootago  thereof 
at  the  expiration  of  seven  months  from  tho  dato  of  its 
lease  or  delivery  to  the  lessee, its  nominees  or  sub¬ 

SKVKUTH:-  The  lessor  agrees' that  it  will 
seouro  from  the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company  un  exohange 
license  giving  to  the  lessee  the  right  and  privilege  to 
lease  Kinetophonoa  and  Kinotophone  records  and  filmB  to 
theatres  and  other  places  of  exhibition  licensed  or  to  bo 
licensed  by  said  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company  and  that  it 
will  not  permit  said  exchange  license  to  be  changed,  revok¬ 
ed  or  cancelled  so  long  as  it  is  within  lessor fs  power  to 
prevent  it,  provided,  however,  that  if  the  lessee  shall  be 
guilty  of  a  flagrant  violation  of  this  agreement  and  shall 
continue  said  violation  after  having  received  ten  dayB 
written  notice  from  the  lessor  thereof,  the  lessor  shall 


fcavti  tho  right  to  prooure  or  oaune  said  exchange  license 
to  he  revoked  or  otmoallod.  She  said  exchange  license 
to  he  granted  the  lesBea  to  ho  as  to  terms  and  conditions 
as  favorable  os  tho  licenses  heretofore  granted  by  the  said 
Motion  Picture  Patents  Company  to  said  other  licensed 
exchanges,  with  the  exception,  howev.r.  that  it  shall  ho 
limited  to  the  doing  of  an  exchange  business  in  oonncotion 
with  said  Kinetophonos,  records  and  films,  and  the  lessor 
agrees  that  if  any  lioenso  of  any  theatre  or  place  of 
exhibition  shall  ho  terminated  or  eonoolled  by  said  Motion 
Picture  Patents  Company  whorein  a  Kinetophone  is  leased 

hereunder  at-a-rental-ef-Shree-h=iBdred-del?ass-($aeoi-er 

seur-hnndred-dellaars-^duo^-ser-annuH  no  payment  of  tho 
weekly  royalty  or  bonus  on  the  Kinetophone  used  in  said 
theatre  or  plaoe  of  exhibition  shall  he  payable  to  the 
lessor  during  tho  period  that  it  may  he  in  non-uso  and  if 
the  lessee  shall  have  made  any  advance  payment  thereon, 
the  unused  or  unearned  royalty  or  rental  so  paid  shall  ho 
returned  to  the  lessee,  hut  the  lessoo  agrees  that  it  will 
use  its  best  efforts  to  sublet  or  replaoe  said  Kinetophone 
in  homo  other  theatres  or  place  of  exhibition  licensed  hy 
the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company,  hut  it  in  mutually 
agreed  that  if  tho  lessee  shall  fail  in  such  effort  it 
ahal 1  have  the  right  to  return  said  Kinetophone  and  he 
repaid  any  and  all  unearned  rental  or  royalty  advanced 
thereon  os  aforesaid. 

EIOHSH;-  She  leBBor  agrees  that  it  will,  at 
its  own  cost  and  expense,  defend  and  protect  the  leBBoo,  its 
nominees  and  sub-lessees  in  tho  use  of  suid  Kinetophonos, 
films  and  records  leased  hereunder  throughout  the  United 
States  and  Canada  against  any  and  all  suits  for  infringe- 


mont  based  on  the  uao  of  said  Kinetophones,  films  and 
records  or  any  of  them,  except  Buits  or  other  actions  for 
infringement  of  copyright  bseed  upon  the  manufacture  or 
exhibition  of  films  and  reooras  offorea  by  and  manufactured 
for  tho  lessee  as  hereinafter  provided.  She  lessor 
furthre  agrees,  at  its  own  cost  and  expense,  to  prosecute 
suits  againBt,  infringers  of  its  patents  on  tho  apparatus 
leased  herounder  as  may  be  necessary  to  eeoure  to  the 
lessee  the  full  enjoyment  of  its  righto  under  this  agree¬ 
ment.  Should  the  lessoe  request  the  lessor  to  proseoute 
a  suit  against  any  apparatus  which  the  lessor  may  not  con¬ 
sider  to  be  an  infringement  of  its  patents  tho  lessor  may 
dooline  to  do  so.  and  in  that  oaae  or  if  the  lessee  shall 
negloot  to  commence  proceedings  within  thirty  days  and 
diligently  proseoute  said  aotion,  the  lessee  Bhall  bo 
privileged  to  proseoute  suoh  suit  in  tho  name  of  the 
lessor,  and  the  lessor  agrees  to  give  to  the  lossoo  overy 
reasonable  assistance  in  connection  with,  the  conduct 
thoroof.  In  any  suit  30  brought  and  prosecuted  hy  the 
lessoe  the  lessee  shall  pay  tho  entire  ooBtis  and  expenses 
thoroof;  but  in  tho  ovont  that  the  lessee  shall  seoure 
in  such  suit  a  final  injunction  enjoining  tho  infringer 
from  further  infringing  acts  the  lessor  agrees  to  reimburse 
to  the  lessee  the  costs  and  expenses  paid  by  the  lessee 
in  oonnootion  with  the  conduct  of  Buch  suit.  The  losBor 

I  hereby  warrants  its  right  to  grant  to  the  loBsee  the  right, 
lioonso  nnd  privilege  heroin  granted,  and  further  agreos 
to  execute  any  and  all  other  licenses  or  othor  doouments 
which  may  bo  neoessary  to  oonvoy  to  tho  lessee,  its  nomi¬ 
nees  or  sub-lessees  tho  right  to  use  said  Kinetophonos , 
filmB  and  reoordB,  subject  to  tho  terms  and  conditions  of 

Ithio  agreement,  throughout  the  United  States  and  Canada. 


HIIIIHi -  Che  lessee  hereby  admitB  the 
validity  of  all  the  hereinbefore  mentioned  lottoro  Patent 
upon  the  apparatus  leased  hereundor  and  agrees  not  to 
contest  the  validity  of  any  patents  whioh  may  hereafter  be 
granted  upon  any  of  the  horoinbeforo  mentioned  patent 
applications,  and  agrees  not  to  violate  or  infringo  the 
same  or  any  of  them  and  not  to  contest,  the  validity  or 
soope  of  tho  claims  thereof  or  the  right  and  title  of  the 
lossor  thereto,  and  not  to  aid  or  onoourage  others  in 
doing  so,  not  to  manufacture  or  use  or  cause  to  be  manu¬ 
factured  or  used,  except  with  the  consent  of  the  lessor, 
any  apparatus  oovered  by  said  patentB  or  by  said  putont 

BTSKHIH;  -  It  is  mutually  understood  and 
agreed  that  one  of  the  inducements  for  the  lessee  enter¬ 
ing  into  this  contract  Is  that  it  shall  have  for  a  limited 
period,  as  hereinafter  set  forth,  the  exolusivo  right  to  the 
use  of  said  Kinetophones,  films  and  records  in  tho  United 
States  and  Canada,  and  the  lessor  hereby  grants  suoh 
exclusive  right,  license  and  privilege,  subject  to  the 
tanas  and  conditions  herein  set  forth,  to  the  lessee, 
together  with  the  right  to  sublet  such  Kinetophonos, 
films  end  records  for  uee  by  others;  and  the  lessor  hereby 
agrees  that  during  the  exclusive  period  of  thiB  license, 
as  hereinafter  set  forth,  it  will  not  sell,  lease  or 
lioonse  Kinotophones  or  Kinetophone  films  and  rooords  to. 
any  person,  firm  or  corporation  in  the  United  States  or 
Canada  other  than  the  lessee,  itB  nominees  and  sub-lessees, 
nor  during  such  poriod  will  it  permit  any  person,  firm  or 
corporation  other  than  the  lessee,  its  nomineos  and  sub¬ 
lessees  to  use  any  KinetophoneB,  films  or  reoords  in  the 


United  States  or  Canada;  and  that  it  will  not  itself  use 
such  apparatus  for  any  exhibition  of  talking  pictures  in 
the  United  States  or  Canada  during  the  exolusive  period  of 
thiB  agroomont,  except  at  its  factory  or  studios  or 
elsewhere  for  demonstration  or  experimental  purposes  only, 
and  the  lessor  hereby  expfessly  reserves  the  right  to 
manufacture,  sell,  use.  lease  and  license  for  export  to 
all  foreign  oountries  other  than  Canada,  Kinotophones  and 
Kinotophone  rooords  and  films,  including  tho  right  to  tost 
and  demonstrate  said  apparatus  in  the  United  States. 

EIf.VF.MTH:-  Beginning  with  the  do  livery 
of  the  first  Ittnot&phonos  under  this  agreement  to  the 
lonsoo,  its  nominees  or  sub-lessees,  the  lessor  agrees  to 
deliver  thereafter  to  tho  leasee,  its  nominees  and  sub¬ 
lessees  Klnetophone  films  and  rooords  for  two  subjeots 
per  week  thereafter  during  tho  tern  of  this  agroomont, 
provided  tho  lessee  shall  prior  to  HllXI-Si&h,  1912, 
select  tho  first  tan  subjects  from  a  list  of  twenty 
oubjeots  with  o  synopsis  of  each  to  he  submitted  by  the 
lessor  to  the  lessee  simultaneously  with  the  exooution 
hereof.  Thereafter  the  lessor  agrees  to  deliver  lists 
of  subjeots  with  a  synopsis  of  each,  before  manufacturing 
films  and  records  thereflflr,  to  the  lessee .  the  purpose  of 
this  understanding  being  that  the  lesser  and  lessee 
shall  oo-operate  closely  together  to  produce  desirable  and 
entertaining  subjects  for  exhibition  on  the  Kinotophone. 
Tho  lessor  agrees  at  any  time  after  March  1st,  1913,  and 
during  the  term  of  this  agreement,  to  manufacture  Kineto- 
phone  films  and  records  of  any  subject  offered  by  the 
lessee  for  the  purpose  of  presentation  by  said  Kinoto¬ 
phones.  and  in  any  and  all  such  oases  the  lessee  shall  he 


responsible  for  the  eoting  and  for  the  recording  qualities 
of  the  voioes  of  the  talent  representing  suoh  subjeots;  ana 
the  lessor  shall  ho  responsible  for  the  quality  and  ohar- 
aoter  of  tho  phonographic  work,  staging,  synchronizing 
and  photography,  it  being  agreed  that  whenever  tho  lessee 
furnishes  subject  matter  and  the  talent  for  any  subjects  to 
bo  mode  by  the  lessor  tho  lessoe  shall  pay  the  entire  ooBt 
of  tho  some ,  exoopt  that  no  charge  shall  bo  made  by  the 
lessor  for  tho  use  of  its  studio,  lights,  properties  or 
malca-ups  of  its  own  ana  for  toohnioal  assistance,  but  the 
negatives  of  suoh  suhjeots  shall  bo  and  remain  the  oxolu- 
sive  property  of  the  lessee  and  the  lessor  shall  have  no 
right  to  make  prints  therefrom  v/ithout  the  oonsent  of  the 
lessee.  For  any  subjects  so  made  at  the  request  of  the 
lessee  the  lessor  Bhall  oharge  seven  cents  (7/S)  per  lineal 
foot  for  positive  film  and  One  dollars  ($l)  each  for  reoordB, 
in  addition  to  tho  royalty  or  bonus  above  provided.  Tho 
lessor  shall  not  bo  obligated  to  mako  films  and  reoords  of 
subjects  for  the  lessee  in  exoosB  of  its  reasonable  and 

convenient  studio  facilities,  but  it  agroeB  that  its  stu- 

dio  facilities  after  January  1st,  1913,  will  allow  of  at 
least  four  subjeots  per  week  in  addition  to  the  two  it  is 
obligated  to  furnish.  Tho  lessee  hereby  agrees  to  assume 
and  does  asaime  all  liability  and  to  reimburse  the  lessor  for 
any  fine  or  reoovery  whioh  may  be  had  against  it  for 
any  infringement  of  copyright  lnourred  through  the  manu¬ 
facture  or  exhibition  of  films  or  reoords  used  in  the 
produotion  or  representation  of  BubjeotB  offered  by  tho 

ISjKIffTH:-  This  agreement  and  the  exclusive 
rights  herein  granted  shall  continue  for  a  period  of  three 
months  from  the  date  of  delivery  of  the  first  Einotophonos 


to  the  lessee,  its  nominees  or  suh-losseoB,  provided  all 
payments  required  of  the  lessee  are  promptly  made  and  all 
conditions  of  this  agroemont  ere  faithfully  carried  out. 

Should  the  lessee  desire  to  extend  the  exclusive  rightB 
for  a  further  period  of  three  months  beyond  the  original 
period  and  Bhall  signify  itB  doBire  to  do  so  by  notice  in 
writing  givon  to  the  lessor  at  least  thirty  days  prior  to 
the  expiration  of  seld  original  JHMaX.  the  lessor  agrees 
to  extend  the  exclusive  arrangement  for  a  further  period  of 
three  months,  providod  all  payments  required  of  the  lessee 
have  been  made  during  the  original  period  and  all  the  terms 
and  conditions  of  this  agreement  havo  been  faithfully  oar- 

riod  out  by  the  lessee.  Should  the  lessee  deBiro  to  extend 

tho  exolusive  arrangement  for  onfiodSinx  period  of  Bix 
months  beyond  such  extended  period  of  three  months  and 
shall  signify  its  desire  to  have  this  done  by  notice  in 
writing  served  upon  the  lessor  at  least  thirty  days  before 
tho  expiration  of  said  extended  period  of  three  months,  the 
lessor  agrees  to  extend  the  exolusive  arrangement  for  an 
additional  period  of  six  monthB,  provided  all  payments 
required  of  the  lessee  have  been  promptly  made  ana  all  the 
conditions  of  thiB  agreement  have  been  faithfully  oarrioa 
out  by  the  lessee.  Should  the  losBee  desire  to  have  the 
exolusive  arrangement  extended  for  an  additional  period 
of  one  year  beyond  suoh  extonded  period  of  Bix  months  and 
shall  signify  its  desire  to  have  this  done  by  notice  in 
writing  served  upon  tho  lessor  at  least  thirty  aayB  before 
the  expiration  of  said  extended  period  of  anaxjtKXZ^fuvaiidkA 
Bix  months,  the  lessor  agrees  to  extend  the  exclusive  arrahge- 
ment  for  an  additional  period  of  one  year,  provided  all  payments 
required  of  the  lesBee  have  been  promptly  made  and  all  tho  terms 
and  oonditionB  of  this  agreement^faithfully  carried 


out  by  tho  lessee.  Should  the  lessee  exercise  all  the  options 
above  referred  to,  the  exoluBive  arrangement  heroin  provided 
will  extend  for  a  period  of  two  years  from  the  date  of  the 
delivery  of  the  firBt  Kinetophones  to  the  lessee,  itB 
nominees  or  sub-lessees.  At  any  time  after  said  exolusive 
period  of  two  yearB,  the  lessor  may  eloot  to  market  the 
Kinetophone  in  the  United  States  or  Canada  in  other 
fields  than  those  covered  by  the  lessee  and  through 
other  persons,  firms  or  corporations  than  the  lessee,  itB 
nominees  and  sub-lessees  as  above  provided,  and  the  lessor 
may  signify  its  intention  to  do  so  by  three  months  written 
notice  served  upon  the  lessee;  in  suoh  oaBe  tho  lessee 
shall  have  the  option  (to  bo  exercised  in  writing)  of  re¬ 
quiring  the  lessor  to  oontinue  to  supply  Kinetophones, 
films  and  reoordB  to  the  lessee,  its  nominees  and  Bub- 
lessees,  as  above  provided,  to  the  extent  of  as  many  subjoots 
per  week  as  tho  lessor  may  produce  and  to  oontinue  to  moke 
Kinetophone  films  and  records  for  the  lessee  of  sub jeots 
seleoted  by  tho  lessee  and  with  talent  furnished  by  the 
lessee  as  above  provided,  for  a  further  non-exolusive  period 
of  three  years  or  any  part  thereof  and  subject  to  tho  Bame 
payments  for  Kinetophono  films  and  records  and  for  tho  rental 
of  all  Kinetophones  in  excess  of  fifty  as  above  provided, 
except  that  if  the  arrangement  is  made  non-exolusive  the 
lessee  shall  be  required  to  pay  the  sum  of  Two  thousand  dol¬ 
lars  ($2,000)  a  week  for  tho  first  fifty  (60)  Kinotophones, 
instead  of  Ten  thousand  dollars  ($10,000)  per  week  for  the 
sarao,  as  provided  in  tho  exclusive  arrangement.  Should  the 
lessor  not  eleot  ut  any  time  after  said  period  of  two  years 
to  make  tho  arrangement  a  non-oxolusive  one,  it  shall  oon¬ 
tinue  as  an  exolusive  arrangement  for  an  additional  period  of 
three  years,  or  any  part  thereof,  subjeot  to  all  the  termB 


and  conditions)  of  tho  exclusive  arrangement  during  the  poriod 
of  two  years,  at  tho  lessee's  option  to  he  exercised  on  three 
months'  written  notice. 

THIBTEEMTH: -  She  lesBoe  agrees  that  prior 

to  Juno  1st,  1913,  it  will  not  exploit,  lease  or  lot  said 
Xinetophone  to  so-oalled  moving  picture  theatres  wherein 
the  exhibition  consists  exclusively  of  moving  pictures,  or 
wherein  vaudeville  acts  are  glvon  as  inoi dents  to  or  supple¬ 
mentary  of  motion  piotureB,  except  as  in  such  moving  pioture 
theatres  as  are  o;uied,  operated  or  controlled  by  stockholders 
of  the  losses. 

EOURTEKHTK:-  Whenever  in  this  agreement  it 
is  provided  that  the  lessee  Bhall  have  the  option  to  renew 
or  extend  the  agreement  by  giving  notice  at  a  oortnin  time, 
tho  lessor  shell  remind  the  lessee  of  such  option  and  the  date 
upon  which  tho  same  may  be  exercised. 

FlffTBKMIH: -  Tho  leBBor  guarantees  that 
with  tho  exeroise  of  ordinary  skill  and  attention  in  the 
operation  of  tho  projecting  moohenism  each  and  every  Xinoto- 
phone  leased  hereunder  will  properly  synchronise  tho  action 
of  the  films  and  reoords  furnished  for  use  therewith  and 
will  oIbo  work  in  all  other  respects  in  a  satisfactory  manner. 
In  view  of  the  importance  of  having  all  exhibitions  of  tho 
Xinetophone  as  successful  as  possible,  in  order  that  tho 
apparatus  may  he  satisfactorily  exhibited  to  the  public,  the 
lessee  agrees  that  no  exhibition  of  the  Xinetophone  Bhall  be 
made  by  any  operators  except  by  or  under  the  direction, 
aupori vision  or  instruction  of  skilled  operators  who  shall 
have  been  instructed  by  the  lessor  in  tho  operation  of  the 
Xinetophone  at  itB  faotory  or  laboratory  at  Orange,  Mow 

SIXTEENTH:-  The  lessee  hereby  agrees  to 


mako  prompt  and  punotual  payment  to  the  lessor  of  all 
monies  agreed  to  he  paid  hereunder,  and  in  the  event  of  the 
failure  of  the  lessee  to  make  suoh  paymonts  this  oontraot  may 
be  terminated  by  the  lessor  upon  ten  days  written  notioe 
addressed  to  the  lessee  at  its  offioe.  Ho.  1493  Broadway,  How 
York  City,  Hew  York.  .As  oollateral  security  for  tho  payment 

of  suoh  monieB  tho  lessee  agrees  to  doliver  to  the  lessor  on 

M.G.  Movomber  15th, 

FID  or  before  Beveaber-lst,  1912,  contracts  in  writing  duly  exe¬ 

cuted  between  tho  lessee  and  the  various  porsonB,  firms  and 
corporations  in  the  United  States  and  Canada  whereby  the  losBoe 
sub-leases  to  suoh  persons,  firms  and  corporations  for  a  period 
of  at  least  three  months  each  tho  Kinetophonos,  films  and  record^ 
leased  hereunder  for  the  sum  of  Two  hundred  dollars  ($200)  por 
week  for  oaoh  Kinetophone  (that  is,  $10,000  per  week  for  60  Kinet 
phones)  together  with  assignments  of  all  tho  monies  due  or  to 
become  due  undor  Bald  contracts  duly  exeouted  by  tho  lesBoe  in 
favor  of  the  lessor  herein  to  the  extent  of  the  monies  whioh 
are  to  he  paid  thereunder  for  tho  first  three  monthB  of  suoh 
oontraots,  and  tho  lessee  agrees  to  assign  all  rightB  in  and 
to  said  contracts  to  the  lessor  to  the  extent  last  providod,  so 
that  tho  lessor  may  at  its  election  oarry  out  and  reoeive  the 
"benefits  of  said  oontraots  should  the  lessee  default  in  any 
payments  to  the  lessor  or  require  the  cancellation  of  the  present 
controot  by  reason  of  any  breach  thereof,  hut  until  default  by 
tho  Iobuoo  hereunder,  the  lessee  shall  have  the  sole  right  to 
colloot  the  monios  duo  or  to  hcoomo  duo  under  said  assigned 
oontraots  and  the  lessor  agrees  not  to  attempt  to  oolloot  thoroon 
oor  uBDumo  any  rights  undor  suoh  assignment  until  Buoh  default, 
if  any.  Upon  tho  assignment  of  contracts  aggregating  Ten  thou¬ 
sand  dollars  ($10,000)  per  week  for  three  months  the  lessee  shall 
not  be  required  to  make  any  other  or  further  assignments  to 
seouro  tho  lessor  hereunder.  In  the  event  that  the  lea see 
shall  fail  to  doliver  to  the  lessor  on  or  before  Hovomber 
1912,  the  oontraots  referred  to  in  this  paragraph  with  assign- 


monte  thereof  duly  oxaouted  to  the  lessor  as  shove  provided, 
or  other  reasonable  oeourity,  the  latter  shall  have  the  right 
to  oanoel  this  agreement  upon  ten  days  written  notioe  addressed 
to  the  leasee  at  its  off loo  above  referred  to. 

SEVENTEENTH: -  She  leBBeo  ,  its  nominees  and' 
auh-lossoea,  hereby  release  the  lessor  from  all  oloims  for 
dnmagos  or  other  liability  due  to  delays  on  tho  purt  of  the 
loosor  in  the  delivery  under  this  agreomant  of  Kinetophonos, 
films  und  rooords  or  any  of  them  due  to  strikes,  fireB  and 
inovitahlo  aoeidents  end  other  unavoidable  oauseB. 

KIG3TKEBTH:  -  This  agreemont  shall  not  ho 
binding  upon  tho  losoor  until  tho  supplemental  agreement  or 
addenda  hereto  appearing  on  the  foot  heroof  is  executed  by 
John  J.  Murdock,  Edward  F.  Alhee  and  Martin  Beak,  of  Hew  York 
City,  and  A.  Paul  Keith  of  Boston,  Mass.,  and  in  the  event 
of  a  broach  or  violation  of  said  addenda  or  supplemental  oon- 
traot  the  lossor  shall  have  the  right  to  terminate  the  present 
agreement  upon  ten  days  tad  '.ten  notioe  in  writing  uddressod  to 
the  lessee  at  its  office  above  referred  to. 

IB  WITNESS  WHEREOF,  the  parties  hereto  have 
caused  thoir  names  to  be  signed  and  their  seals  affixed  hy 
their  respective  officers  thorodnto  duly  authorised  the 
day  and  yoar  first  above  written. 




■E.  J.  Berggren 

(Seal  ) 

[  (Amor.  T.P.Co.) 

J.  J.  Mur  do  ok 

By _ Prank  £•  Dyer  V\ 

Bv  a.  Paul  Keith i  \ 


3 TASK  OP  UK’.?  JERSEY  ) 

On  this  22nd  day  of  Ootober ,  in  the  year  one 
thouuand  nine  hundred  and  twelve,  before  me  personally  oame 
FRA1IE  1.  DYER,  to  he  known,  who,  being  by  me  duly  sworn,  did. 
depose  and  say,  that  he  resides  in  tho  town  of  Montclair,  Mew 
Jeroey;  that  ho  is  the  IroBldent  of  THOMAS  A.  ED1S0H,  Ill  COR) 
PO RATED,  tho  corporation  described  in  and  which  executed  the 
above  instrument;  that  he  knows  tho  seal  of  said  corporation; 
that  tho  eoal  affixed  to  said  instrument  is  suoh  oorporato 
seal;  that  it  was  eo  affixed  by  order  of  the  Board  of  Direc¬ 
tors  of  said  corporation,  and  that  he  signed  his  name  thoroto 
by  like  order. 

J.  Almor  Heddon 

Rotary  Public 

(notary' a  Seal)  state  of  S.J. 


)  as. 


On  the  19th  day  of  October,  in  the  year  one 
thousand  nine  hundred  and  twelve,  before  me  personally  came 
A.  "AUi  KEITH,  to  me  known,  who,  boing  by  me  duly  sworn,  did 
depose  and  say  that  ho  resides  in  the  town  of  Brookline,  3tate 
of  Massachusetts;  that  he  iB  tho  President  of  tho  AMERICA!! 
TAIKIHG- PICTURE  COMPANY,  the  corporation  desoribod  in  and  Which 
executed  tho  above  instrument;  that  he  knows  the  seal  of  said 
corporation;  that  the  seal  affixed  to  said  instrument  is  such 
corporate  soal;  thnt  it  was  so  affi  xed  by  order  of  tho  Board 
of  Directors  og  said  corporation,  and  that  ho  signed  his  name 
thereto  by  liko  order. 

Maurice  Goodman 

Hotary  Publio  Mo.  66 

Hew  York  County. 

A  D  D  E  H  D  A 



AGREEMENT  made  this  19th  day  of  October,  1912, 
hotween  THOMAS  A.  EDISON-  INCORPORATED ,  a  oorporation  duly 
organised  andor  tho  laws  of  the  State  of  Dew  Jersey,  of  the 
firat  part,  ana  John  J.  Murdook,  of  Hew  York  City,  Dew  York, 

A.  PAUL  KEITH,  of  Boston,  MnsBaohuBotts ,  EDWARD _ Fj_ALgEB » 

Dew  York  City,  Dow  York,  end  MAKSIM  BE OK,  of  New  York  City. 

Hew  York,  of  the  second  port, 

-  witmbsseth  - 

WHEREAS,  tho  party  of  tho  first  part  has  exeoutod 
this  day  the  pjweeeding  agreement  with  the  AMERICAN  TALKING- 
PICTURE  COMPANY,  upon  the  representations  made  Ly  tho  parties 
of  tho  second  part  that  they,  the  parties  of  tho  sooona  part, 
own  and  control  all,  or  praotioally  all,  the  oepital  stock  of 

WHEREAS,  the  parties  of  the  seoond  part  aoBire 
to  give  to  the  party  of  the  first  part  the  assurance  that  the 
control  of  said  AMERICAS  TALKING-PICTURE  COM.)? AMY  shall  not 
during  tho  term  of  the  foregoing  agreement  pass  into  other 

NOW,  THEREFORE,  for  and  in  consideration  of  the 
execution  ty  the  party  of  the  first  part  of  the  forogoing 
agreement  and  of  tho  mutual  promises  herein  oontoined,  the 
parties  have  agreed  as  followB:- 

FIRSS:-  She  parties  of  the  seoond  part  agree 
during  the  oontinuanoe  of  the  foregoing  agreement  not  to  sell 
any  stock  in  the  AMERICAS  TALKING- HCT0RF.  COMPANY  oxoopt  to 
each  pther  or  to  their  assooiatoB  in  the  theatrical  business. 
She  parties  of  the  second  part  agree  that  during  tho  oontinu- 
I  ance  of  the  agreement  the  control  of  the  AMERICAN  TALKING-  , 
PICTURE  COMPANY  shall  remain  in  their  hands.  In  the  ovent  Of 

■fclie  aeath,  bankruptcy  or  insolvency  of  nny  ono  of  the  parties 
of  the  second  part,  the  remaining  parties  of  the  Beoona  part 
agree  to  uae  their  host  offorts  to  acquire  the  stock  in  the 

SECOTO:  -  Should  the  control  of  the  AMERICAS 
T ALEIHG-  PI  CTREE  COMPAHY  pass  out  of  the  hands  of  tho  parties 
of  the  second  part  or  should  any  one  or  more  of  the  parties 
of  tho  second  part  coll  or  offer  for  calc  to  tho  public  or  to 
any  person  or  persons  exoopt  the  other  parties  of  the  Beoond 
part  or  his  associates  in  the  theatrical  business,  his  stock 
in  tho  Amerioun  Talking-Pi oturr  Company,  the  foregoing  agree¬ 
ment  hotwoon  the  party  of  the  firBt  part  and  the  American 
Talking- Pi otn re  Company  shnll  bo  terminable  by  tho  party  of 
tho  first  part  on  ton  aoys  notice  in  writing  addressed  to  the 
Amerioan  Telking-Pieture  Company  at  its  office  iio.  1493 
Broadway,  New  York  City,  Row  York. 

TP  iv.TTMKSS  WHEREOF ,  the  parties  hereto  have 
caused  this  agrooment  to  be  executed  the  day  and  year  first 
above  written. 

( Seal  ) 

{ T.A.E.Ino. ) 

Attest :- 

E.  J.  Berggren 


By _  Frank  !<•  Dyer 

Fro  si  dent. 

In  the  prosonae  of:- 

A.  Paul  Keith 
J.  J .  Murdock 

W.  3.  Waddell • 

Harbin  Beck 
K.-JP.  Albeo 


Ootober  19,  1912.  Talking-Pi oture  Co. , 
Do.  1493  Broadway, 

Dew  Yorlc,  ii.  Y. 



Supplementing  our  oontraot  anted  October  19th,  1912, 
it  is  distinctly  understood  and  ngroed  that,  ■  "anything  ••con¬ 
tained  therein  to  the  oontrary  notwithstanding,  you  nto  to  have 
the  right  at  any  time  to  furnish  us  wtor  or  foaturo  aotB, 
artists  or  attractions  from  which  wo  agree  to  manufacture  one 
or  two  Kinotophone  films  and  Kinotophone  rcoords  per-  week 

a«  you  any  desire.  She  celeries  of  such  star -or  foature 
subjects  so  furnished  shall  he  paid  hy  you  and  all  other  cost 
in  connection  with  tho  manufacture  of  such  Kinotophone  filraB 
and  rooorda  ahull  ho  paid  hy  us,  in  addition  to  which  we  agree 
to  pay  to  you  the  sum  of  $500.00  for  each  such  subject,  hut 
the  negatives  thereof  ehnll  he  ana  remain  our  exclusive  proper¬ 
ty  with  the  exclusive  rights  in  us  to  make  prints  therefrom. 
Such  Kinetophone  films  and  rooorda  shall  ho  in  lieu  of  tho 
films  and  records  which  we  would  otherwise  he  retired  to 
furnish,  us  provided  in  paragraph  "THIRD"  of  said  agreement, 
to  the  extent  of  the  number  of  subjects  fttmishod  hy  you. 

You  are  to  pay  for  tho  uae  of  BUeh  positive  films  and  records, 
seven* cents  (?/) per  lineal  foot  for  the  films  and  One  dollar 
($1)  each  for  the  reoordB  provided  in  said  agreement. 

■This  supplemental  agreement  does'  not  affect  tho 
provisions  in  Parugraph  "SlEYEHfH"  of  said  agroomont  concern¬ 
ing  orainury  hub jeots  whioh  you  may  ’require  us  So- manufacture. 
You  are  to  assume  all  liability  and  to  reimburse  us  for  any 
f ine or:  re oo very  whioh  may  he  had  against  uc  for  any 


American  Calking  Picture  Co.-  8. 

infringement  of  copyright  inoar red  through  the  manufacture 
or  exhibition  of  films  or  reoords  made  of  subjeotB  furnished 
by  you. 

If  thiB  understanding  is  agreeable,  please  note 
your  aooeptanoe  hereon  and  return. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Bv  Prank  1.  Dyer 

Aooepted  Ootober  19,  1918 
By _ A  Paul  Keith  _ 



ih'\  <, 


1493  Broadway,  Hew  York. 

f>%  Territory;  Exclusive  for  United  States  end  Canada. 

*  Demonstra-  We  furnish  and  Install  demonstrating  apparatus  in  suitable 
f.H  tion:  plaoe  provided  by  leseee  in  How  York  City. 

Period  of  Two  years  from  date  of  delivery  of  flrBt  Kinetophones, 

/^Contract:  provided  renewal  options  ere  exercised  at  the  end  of  first 

- ;  ’  two  periods  of  three  months  eaoh  and  at  end  of  first  year, 

by  notice  in  writing  30  days  before  expiration. 

50  Kinetophones.  To  bo  delivered  not  exceeding  10  per  week. 

Upon  notice  from  lessee,  we  are  to  deliver  to  them  suoh 
additional  Kinetophones  as  they  may  require. 

Deoember  16,  1912—  later  postponed  to  Jan.  15,  1913. 

Ship  not  exceeding  10  Kinetophones  per  week. 

Ship  two  film  end  reoord  subjects  per  week. 

Apparatus  1b  leased  to  them  and  remains  our  property. 

We  delivertat  destination,  but  lessee  pays  transportation 
charges  from  Orange. 

Kinetophones,  eaoh 
Pilm,  per  foot 
He cords,  eaoh 

For  the  first  50  Kinetophones,  $200.  eaoh  per  wedk;  payments 
commence  one  week  after  delivery  for  points  east  of  Mississippi; 
two  weeks  after  delivery  for  points  west  of  Mississippi. 

For  the  next  150  Kinetophones.  $300. „per  year;  one-half  tube 
paid  one  week  after  delivery,  for  first  six  months,  and  after¬ 
wards  at  the  rate  of  $25.00  per  month^^--^. 

For  any. In  excess  of  200  Kinetophones,  $400l^pr  year,  one-half 
to  be  paid  one  week  after  delivery,  for  first  Bix  monthB,  and 
afterwards  at  rate  of  $33.33  per  month^»-<^. 


(K-  N^, 



1493  Broadway,  Hew  York. 

Exolusive  for  United  States  and  Canada. 

We  furnish  and  Install  demonstrating  apparatus  in  suitable 
place  provided  by  leseee  in  How  York  City. 

Two  years  from  date  of  delivery  of  first  Kinetophones, 
provided  renewal  options  ere  exercised  at  the  end  of  first 
two  periods  of  three  monthB  eaoh  and  at  ena  of  first  year, 
by  notice  in  writing  30  aeys  bofore  expiration. 

h  Order?*1  50  Kinetophones.  To  ho  delivered  not  exceeding  10  per  week. 

P'i  crntflts?*11  adaiti?naieKinetophOM?' asetho?  My^e  quire.  . 

is  ” 

- - *  Ship  two  film  and  reoord  subjects  per  week. 

„  Delays  in  We  are  not  liable  for  delays  occasioned  by  strikes, 

fjq Deliveries:  fires  or  unavoidable  aooidents. 

v  Annaratus  1b  leased  to  them  and  remains  our  property. 

WeP deliver tat  destination,  but  lessee  pays  transportation 
charges  from  Orange. 

caprices:  Kinetophones,  eaoh  § - -- 

IS -  Pilra,  per  foot  *07 

Hooords,  eaoh  1,uu 

p  as. 

1  -  ,  8hlp^<~ 

’  otafi%  will’  begin  two  weeks  from £5 

i  1  ^^flfitS,K6ndsyTy:oiao»aiJif''6rriYar of  outfit,  but  if Jrovonus  k.% 

.  begins 4b  less  time,  rentals  are  to  begin  when  revenue  boginsi^l 


Security:  As  collateral  sueurlty  for  payments, lessee  agrees  to  deliver 

to  us  by  Hov.  IS,  1912,  contracts  between  them  and  theatres, 
1-  whereby  Klnetophones  ere  eub-leased  for  a  period  of  three 

months  for  the  sum  of  $200  per  week  for  each  Kinetophone 
($10,000  per  week  for  the  50  XinetophonoB) ,  together  with 
assignments  of  all  monies  to  be  paid  under  Bald  oontractn 
for  the  first  three  months. 

Operators:  Klnetophones  are  not  to  be  operated  by  anyone  except 

ptg  skilled  operators  instructed  by  us  at  our  factory. 

,  fa  Installation:  We  do  not  install. 


anoe  of  Dae: 

Any  Xinetophono  in  excess  of  the  first  60  may  be  discon¬ 
tinued  end  returned  after  rental  of  first  year  has  been  paid. 


Hotioe  of 

They  are  to  notify  us  each  month  of  the  place b  where 
Kinstorhonos  are  installed  from  time  to  time. 

j,  Regular  First  10  subjects  to  be  solcoted  prior  to  Hov.  15,  1912, 

Til  Subjects:  by  lossee  from  list  of  20  subjects  with  synopBis  of  each 

to  be  submitted  by  ub  at  execution  of  this. contract. 
Thereafter  we  will  deliver  to  lessee  lists  of  subjects 
with  synopsis  of  each  before  manufacturing  Bame. 

Special  3ub.1oots: 



We  agree  to  manufacture  subjoots  furnished  by  lessee  to 
the  extent  of  one  or  two  per  week,  for  which  we  agree  to 
pay  them  $500  each.  lessee  pays  talont;  wo  stand  all 
other  manufacturing  oosts.  These  special  subjects  to  he 
in  lieu  of  the  two  regular  subjects  whioh  would  otherwise 
he  required  in  paragraph  "THIRD".  Special  negatives  to 
remain  our  exclusive  property  tnd  we  have  exclusive  right 
to  make  prints  therefrom.  For  such  subjects  we  oharge 
7/4  per  foot  for  .positive  printB  end  $1  esoh  for  records, 

:  in  addition;  to- the-  royalty*.  ...  lessee  ;is.  to.  reimburse  us 
for  any  recovery  due.  to  infringement  of 'copyright 'oh  special 
Buhjeots  made  for.  thorn. 



Improvements  shell  he  Incorporated  in  all  now  Klnetophones 
where  commercially  praotioahle.  Should  present  exclusive 
contract  be  terminated  at  the  end  of  two  years  and  they 
continuo  under  non-exolusive  arrangement,  new- Klnetophones 
supplied  them  are  to  have  same  improvements  as  those  sup¬ 
plied  other  UBers  in  United  States  and  Canada. 


Broken  or  We  are  to  replaoo  broken,  worn  or  defective  parte  whenever 

rla  Defective  neoessary,  uhless  caused  by  oarelossness  or  negleot  of 

Parte:  lessee. 

q.  itreak-downa:  Should  any  Einetophone  break  down  or  fail  to  work,  through  no 

Kv  oarelessnosa  of  lessee,  the  royalty  or  rental  ceases  until 

put  in  working  order  at  our  expense,  provided  leasee  noti¬ 
fies  ue  within  24  hours  after  break-down. 

Exhibition  in  Prior  to  Juno  1,  1913,  looses  will  not  exhibit  Xinetophones 
P/ S' Moving  Ilo-  in  ordinary  moving  pioturos  theatres,  oxoept  those  controlled 
tare  Theatres :  hy  stockholders  of  lessee. 

Motion  Picture  Exhibit  only  in  theatres  licensed  by  Motion  Picture  Patents 
f,n  patents  Co.  Co.  All  old  film  or  equivalent  footage  thereof  to  be  re- 

'  Bequiroments :  turned  to  ub  at  expiration  of  seven  months  from  date  of 
delivery  to  lessee. 

.  Exchange  We  uro  to  secure  and  heve  continued  for  lessee  exchenge  li- 

r.l  License:  oenso  from  Motion  Picture  Patents  Co.  permitting  thorn  to 

lease  Einetophone  outfits  to  licensed  theatres.  If  license 
for  Einetophone  theatres  is  cancelled,  no  payment  of  weekly 
royalty  shall  he  paid  during  period  of  non-use,  and  any 
unearned  advance  payment  to  he  returned  to  lessee,  but 
lessee  must  endeavor  to  place  Einetophone  in  some  other 
theatre.  If  that  is  not  possible,  Einetophone  may  be  re¬ 
turned  to  us  and  any  unearned  royalty  returned  to  lessee. 

Patont  Suits:  We  protect  lessee  at  our  expense  against  any  suits  for 

infringement  (exoept  copyright  suits  on  the  special  subjoots 
made  for  them).  ahould  they  request  us  to  proseoute  a  Buit 
which  appears  to  us  doubtful,  they  may  do  so  at  their  own 
expense,  with  our  aesistanoe,  and  wo  will  reimburse  thorn  if 
they  win;  but  if  they  lose,  they  stand  the  expense. 

Exhibition  of 
fit  Einetophone 
by  us: _ 

We  must  not  exhibit  Einetophone,  oxoept  at  feotory,  studios 
or  other  places  for  demonstration  or  experimental  purpoBCB 

Kesoission  of  Contract  may  be  terminated  by  us  on  10  days  written 
f  fjContraot  for  notice  should  payments  not  be  made  promptly. 


Renewal;  Shis  agreement  oontinuea  for  a  period  of  three  raonthB  from 

date  of  delivery  of  firat  Kinetophoneo;  On  notioe  in  writ- 
r)  ing  30  days  prior  to  termination  of  that  period,  agreement 

rT/2-,  may  be  extended,  for  a  further  period  of  three  months;  on 

notice  in  writing  30  days  prior  to  that  period,  agreement 
may  be  extended  for  a  further  period  of  six  months;  on 
notioe  in  writing  30  days  prior  to  termination  of  that 
period,  agreement  may  he  extended  for  a  further  period  of 
one  year —  making  a  total  of  two  years.  He  are  to  remind 
them  of  dates  upon  whioh  notiooB  of  options  are  to  he  given 
to  us. 

Option  after 
Two  Years: 


At  any  time  after  two  years  we  may  eloot  to  market  Kineto- 
phones  in  United  States  and  Canada  in  other  fields  and 
through  other  pereons,  and  oan  do  bo  by  giving  three 
months'  notioe  in  writing.  In  snoh  oase  the  leeaee  may 
require  us  (by  notioe  in  writing)  to  continue  to  supply 
them  for  a  non-exoluolvo  period  of  three  years,  subject  to 
same  payments  for  Kinetophonea,  films  and  reoords  and  for 
the  rental  of  ell  Kinetophonea  in  excess  of  50,  exoept 
that  if  the  arrangement  is  msde  non-exclusive  the  lessee 
shall  he  required  to  pay  the  sum  of  $E,000  per  week  for 
the  50  Kinetophonea,  instead  of  $10,000  per  week. 

Should  we  not  exercise  option  of  making  arrangement  non¬ 
exclusive  after  two  years,  it  shall  continue  ae  exclusive 
for  an  additional  period  of  three  years  or  any  part 
thereof  at  the  leasee 's  option,  to  he  exercised  on  throe 
months'  written  notioe. 

o.  A.  T.  P.  Co.: 

lessee  agrees  not  to  let  control  of  American  Talking 
Picture  Co.  pass  out  of  thoir  hands. 

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Hr.  JuliUB  1.5.  Bier, 

60  Liberty  Street, 
New  York  City. 

Bear  Sir:-- 

Your  letter  df  October  28th,  addressed  to 
Mr.  Miller,  has  been  referred  to  me  for  attention. 

Your  Bord'id  film  ie  now  undergoing  a  life 
test,  which  consists  of  putting  it  through  a  project-' 
ing  machine  one  thousand  times  at  ordinary  operating 
speed  of  sixteen  exposures  per  second. 

It  is  attached  to  a  piece  of  our  standard 
film  for  comparison. 

Additional  tests  will  be  made  as  the  life  test 

.  I  will  advise  you  when  the  test  has  been 
finished.  ... 

Yours  very  truly. 

With  reference  to  the  moving  picture  projd 
sition,  when  I  was  East  I  was  talking  with  Mr.  Dwyer  ah o^ 
your  talking  picture  invention  and  he  saia  that  in  all 
probability  the  rights  of  the  United  States  ana  Canada,  01 
British  Columbia,  would  be  taken  over  by  a  syndicate  al¬ 
ready  formed  but  that  the  matter  was  not  yet  closed. 

I  asked  him  about  the  rights  for  the  Pa¬ 
cific  Coast,  assuring  him  that  I  had  ample  funds  to  for¬ 
ward  the  matter  as  fully  in  that  territory  as  any  one 
oould ,  but  for  the  reason  above  mentioned  he  would  not 
give  me.  any  information. 

While  I  was  at  the  laboratory  I  p.ut  in 
considerable  time  on  the  talking  picture  machine  and 
tried  to  acquaint  myself  fully.with  the  handling  thereof 
and  I  believe  learned  considerable  about  Ihow  to  properly 
manage  it. 

In  that  same  line  there  has  been  a  propo¬ 
sition  made  me  to  take  over  on  invention  for  the  United 
States,  the  principle  being  a  mechanical  governing  propo¬ 
sition  for  synchronizing  the  talking  and  the  picture  ma¬ 
chine  without  the  use  of  a  oable. 

The  way  this  is  put  it  might  be  a  money¬ 
making  proposition  hero  and  possibly  a  good  business 
proposition  for  me  to  engage  in  but  I  concluded  that  I 
did  not  propose  to  engage  in  anything  that  might  in  any 
way  affect  you  or  your  interests.  Therefore  I  write 
you  to  ask  whether  it  will  be  agreeable  for  you  to  have 
me  take  the  matter  up.  If  not,  I  fill,  of  course,  not 
do  it. 

Yours  very  re speot fully. 

1901  Scott  Street, 

San  Francisco,  Cal. 


David  Patrick.  E3g., 

Editor,  Chambers  Enoynlopodin , 

3559  High  St., 

Edinburgh,  Scotland. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Ho  doubt  you  reraonber  that  aono  time  ago 
I  furnished  yon  with  articles  on  the  phonograph  nnd  Kinoto- 
acopo  for  a  now  edition  of  the  Encyclopedia.  At  that  tirco 
yon  wroto  saying  tliat  roimmoration  therefor  would  bo  sent 
lator,  and  ns  I  have  not  boon  favored- with  any  further  com¬ 
munication,  I  fear  that  the  matter  may  have  been  overlooked 
and  take  the  liberty  of  recalling  it. 

Did  yon  seo  my  "Boy's  life  of  Edison" 
which  was  brought  out  by  Harper  &  Brothers? 

Yours  very  truly, 


V  .  •• 



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Please  note  that  horoaftor  Hr.  Bohr  is  to  tofco  charge 
of  tho  receiving  of  all  oolluloid  tuhos  ena  also  the  ^bippln®  haok 
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copy  to  Hr.  Edison 

Minutes  of  the  Meeting  of  the 
Home  Kinetoscope  Sales  raid.  Advertising  Committee 
Held  Hovember  15th 
at  9:00  A.H. 

In  the  Executive  Committee  Room 
and  attend^ljg' 

Messrs  Wilson,  Pelzer,  Jarrell ,  Baldwin,  MOOhesney,  Berggren  and 



Mr.  Maxwell  read  a  letter  from  B.  W.  Beadell,  Chicago 
advising  that  we  equip  the  Home  Kinetosoope  with  an  upper  and  lower 
magazine  for  the  film  and  enclose  the  lamp  house  and  rheostat,  in  a 
wire  mesh  guard  in  order  to  ooraply  with  the  municipal  regulations 
in  Chicago. 

Mr.  Pelzer  stated  that  it  would  "be  impossible  to  at¬ 
tach  the  magazines. 

Mr.  Maxwell  thought  that  Mr.  Beadell’ s  suggestions 
should  he- disregarded  and  that  we  should  continue  our  efforts  to 
convince  city  authorities  that  their  regulations  do  not  apply  to 
the  Edison  Home  Kinetoscope. 

Mr.  Maxwell  read. '.a  memorandum  from  Mr.  Wilson  in 
which  he  stated  that  he  was  inifavor  of  putting  "don’ts"  in  the 

Mr.  Gall  said  that  "don’t a"  would  fill  a  volume. 

Mr.  Pelzer  still  thought  that  they  would  discourage  sales.  Mr.  Mo- 
Chesney  disagreed.  Mr.  Maxwell  ashed  if  the  traveling  men  had  Been 
requested  to  send  us  data  for  "don’t.".  Mr.  Jarrell  said  they  had 
and  that  one  reply  had  already  Been  received,  it  was  decided  that 
a  list  of  "don’ts"  would  he  prepared  for  the  instruction  hook  and 
that  they  would  he  edited  hy  the  Committee. 

Mr.  Jarrell  read  a  report  from  Hr.  Phillips  about 
Graves,  the  jobber  at  Portland,  and  Eilers,  the  jobber  at  Seattle. 
Both  concerns,  which  are  affiliated,  are  very  sore  on  the  Home 
Kinetoscope  proposition.  They  were  most  intemperate  in  their 
criticisms  of  the  machine,  film,  the  subjects  and  the  price  of  both 
machine  and  film.  Graves  at  Portland  has  been  advertising  for  re¬ 
tail  business  without  results.  Eilers  used  a  half  page  ad,  one  in¬ 
sertion,  without  getting  a  single  inquiry,  also  sent  out  one  cir¬ 
cular  without  results.  Both  concerns  claim  to  have  lost  a  consider- 

able  amount  of  money  and  desire^  to  give  up  the  line  as  jobbers. 

Mr.  Phillips  has  euoeeeded  in  getting  I.  K.  Gill  Company,  wholesale 
stationers,  to  take  the  jobberBhip  at  that  city.  Mr.  Baldwin 
thought  we  ought  to  have  our  man  stay  right.. -frith  the  Gill  Company 
until  they  were  started  off  in  good  shape.  Mr.  Pelzer  said  that 
was  his  intention.  Mr.  MoChesney  said  that  his  father  called  on 
several  Home  Kinetosoope  dealers  while  out  west  recently,  and  that 
all  of  them  said  the  proposition  was  no  good.  Mr.  Maxwell  asked 
if  these  were  phonograph  dealers.  Mr.  MoChesney  said  that  at 
least  one  of  them  was  an  optical  ggods  store  in  Cleveland.  This 
store  said  that  they  were  going  to  continue  to  handle  the  line 
but  that  it  was  never  going  to  be  muoh  of  a  seller.  Mr.  MoChesney 
said  that  he  belieifed  circularizing  was  the  best  kind  of  advertis¬ 
ing  for  dealers  to  do  and  that,  from  the  results  dealers  are  get¬ 
ting  from  advertising,  he  questioned  the  propriety  of  our  recom¬ 
mending  local  advertising  to  them.  Mr.  Berggren  agreed  with  this. 

It  was  decided  that  we  would  push  the  use  of  the  three  invitations 
and  continue  to  urge  dealers  to  send  in  their  lists  for  circular¬ 
izing.  Mr.  Maxwell  read  letter  from  the  Southern  Talking  Maohine 
Co.  in  which  they  assign  the  absence  of  takeups  and  the  insurance 
as  the  reasons  for  their  lack  of  success.  Mr.  Maxwell  stated  that 
tending  the  isBuanoe  of  the  new  oard  by  the  Underwriters'  labora¬ 
tories,  nothing  could  be  done  from  thiB  end  of  the  line  on  the 
Texas  insurance  question  except  to  urge  Texas  jobbers  and  dealers 
to  demand  that  their  brokers  obtain  for  them  permission  to  use 
the  Edison  Home  Kinetosoope  without  an  increase  in  rates. 

Mr.  Baldwin  wanted  to  know  if  the  initial  purchase 
required  of  dealers  was  not  too  large.  He  thought  this  was  dis¬ 
couraging  some  dealers  from  taking  on  the  line.  Mr.  Jarrell  thought 
we  had  enough  .dealers  now  who  do  not  know  how  to  properly  handle 
the  line.  Mr.  Pelzer  thought  that  the  initial  purchase  was  not  too 
large,  Mr.  MoChesney  thought  we  ought  to  keep  the  pikers  out. 

Mr.  Pelzer  stated  that  Spoor  of  Chicago  hae  for 
three  years  maintained  an  advertising  film  department  and  desires 

to  enter  into  an  arrangement  with  ue  whereby  he  can  furnieh  Home 
Kinetosoope  printe  from  hie  advertising  negatives.  Hr.  Pelzer 
thought  this  would  he  a  good  thing  because  it  would  give  ue  a  lot 
of  business  that  we  could  riot  otherwise  get. 

Hr.  Harwell  was  opposed  to  the  idea  because  it  meant 
the  surrender  to  Spoor  of  the  advantage  that  the  Home  Kinetosoope 
gives  ue  in  the  advertising  field.  Hr.  Pelzer  said  we  would  of 
course  charge  Spoor  the  long  price  which  we  are  now  getting  when  we 
consent  to  make  Home  Kinetosoope  prints  from  negatives  made  by  other 

Mr.  Wilson  was  in  favor  of  making  Home  Kinetosoope 
prints  for  Spoor.  Hr.  Jarrell  was  also  in  favor  of  it.  Mr.  McChes- 
ney  was  not.  Mr.  Pelzer  stated  that  we  couldn't  expect  to  get  all  of 
the  advertising  film  business  and  that  there  would  be  a  good  profit 
in  making  these  prints.  Messrs.  McChesney  and  Maxwell  thought  that 
it  was  quite  possible  for  us  to  lose  more  business  in  this  way  than 
the  profits  on  the  prints  would  compensate.  Hr.  Pelzer  thought  the 
difference  in  price  would  still  retain  an  advantage  for  us.  The 
subject  was  discussed  at  considerable  length.  Mr.  McChesney  finally 
withdrew  his  objections.  It  was  decided  that  we  would  make  Home 
Kinetosoope  prints  for  Spoor  and  allow  him  a  disoount  of  26*.  which 
the  post  department  says  we  are  well  able  to  allow. 

Mr.  Pelzer  brought  up  the  question  of  allowing  adver¬ 
tising  agencies  a  commission  on  advertising  film.  It  was  decided 
that  we  would  allow  them  10*.  Mr.  Jarrell  wanted  to  know  how  about 
allowing  them  a  discount  on  machines.  Hr.  McChesney  and  Mr.  Maxwell 

thought  this  would  be  inadvisable. 

Hr.  Maxwell  suggested  that  Mr.  McChesney  furnish  the 
Committee  with  a  list  of  the  leading  advertising  agencies. 

Next  meeting  Monday,  the  eighteenth,  at  1:30  P.  H. 


Chairman . 

Copies  to  those  in  attendance  and  to  Hr.  Edison. 

November  16 ;  1912  . 

Mr  .  fidlaon:- 

Jury  baa  cabled  aa  follows : 

"  Cromelin: 

Right  but  hurry  first  shipment  important 
demonstrations  taking  place  in  London  now  Pathe  much 

Jury  • 


Mossrs.  Ehilpot:  Rohr:  ,wnrth :  Wetzel:  Renbolt:  Htrd: 

Please  note  that  Mr.  Eggleston  has  been  appointed  follow¬ 
up  olerk  on  KLnteophone  work,  and  his  duties  will  he  to  keep  In 
olose  touch  with  the  manufacturing  ends  and  see  that  all  parts  are 
brought  through  at  about  the  same  time,  so  that  no  delay  will  take 
plaoe  In  making  shipments  on  account  of  one  part  being  ready  and 
another  part  not  ready.  Phis  means  that  he  will  have  to  follow 
up  maohines  in  the  machine  shop,  the  mould  making  in  the  mould  making 
department,  the  making  of  oommoroial  records  in  Mr.  Phllpot's  Dept., 
the  manufacture  of  the  positive  films  in  Mr.  Renbolt "s  Dept.  Also  ■ 
that  all  materials  neoessary,  such  as  motors,  name  plates  or  any  otho|r 
parts  to  be  ordered  from  outside  are  ordered  and  obtained  in  time 
to  prevent  any  delays. 

Please  co-operate  with  Mr.  Eggleston  to  the  fullest  extent, 
so  that  there  will  be  no  slip-up  in  getting  these  machines  ready  for 
shipment  not  later  than  Deo.  15th,  as  we  are  under  oontraot  to 
furnish  the  first  ton  of  them  at  that  time. 

Mr.  Ellgeston  iB  alBO  to  have  oharge  of  the  testing  of 
all  phonograms  to  bo  used  with  the  Kinetophone,  also  the  testing 
out  of  the  Zinetophono  complete,  that  is,  picture  maohines,  synchro¬ 
nizing  devioes  and  phonographs  and  will  also  have  charge  of  teaohing 
operators  how  to  properly  operate  the  machines  for  such  oonoerns 
as  we  lease  them  to. 

n/lo/12.  J  O.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Wober: 

Sir.  C.  H.  Wilson: 

Your  note  to  Mr.  Hutchison,  in 
regard  to  a  telephone  for  use  in  eonnootion w ith  the 
K'netophone  has  boon  referred  to  the  writer  with  a 
letter  from  Mr.  Edison,  asking  to  have  tho  telephone 
that  I  have  been  adapting  to  the  Dictating  Machine 
arranged  for  this  purpose. 

The  writer  has  conversed  with  Mr. 
Hyam,  and  it  is  understood  that  the  telephone  wo  have 
demonstrated  to  him  is  satisfactory^*.  If  you  will 
kindly  give  the  writer  some  kind  of  an  order  which  v;e 
can  put  in  our  Electrical  Department,  we  can  prodnoe 
these  for  Mr.  Hyam,  according  to  any  rate  of  delivery 
that  you  require. 

Awaiting  your  further  instructions. 

OC  for  Mr.  Holland,  Mr.  Hutchla< 

,  Kelson  &  Mr. 

llessrs.  Plimpton:...Eigham:  Renbolt:  Wurth:  Philpot :  Egglost on: Waddell. 


Arrangements  at  present  are  that  the  first  two  pictures  and  records 
will  he  made  at  Bronx  studio  on  Sunday,  ITov.  25th. 

From  the  master  record,  Mr.  Hicham  will  maize  two  sots  of  ampli¬ 
fied  records,  the  host  ones  of  each  of  which  are  to  he  sont  to  Wurth, 
from  which  to  make  the  moulds.  She  second  host  of  each  will  he  used 
for  demonstration  before  committee,  consisting  of  the  names  mentioned 
on  this  memo.,  which  will  meet  on  Friday  evening,  ITov.  29th,  in  Office 
Building  Committee  Boom. 

Master  records  and  negative  films  will  ho  delivered  to  Wurth  and 
Renbolt,  respectively,  on  Monday,  ITov.  25th. 

Wurth  is  to  immediately  begin  the  manufacture  of  moulds.  Benbolt 
is  to  immediately  develop  the  negatives,  and  produce  from  each,  one  or 
two  positive  films,  to  be  shown  in  connection  with  amplified  record 
above  mentioned,  at  Committee  Meeting,  Friday  ovoning,  ITov.  29th. 

At  this  Committee  Meeting,  it  will  be  decided  whether  or  not  the 
records  and  picturos  are  O.K.  in  every  respect,  and  if  they  are,  the 
work  of  manufacturing  commercial  records  and  positive  prints  nooessary 
to  go  out  with  tho  first  10  machines  will  be  proceeded  with  immediately , 
or  if  for  any  reason  they  are  not  considered  satisfactory,  all  parties 
interested  will  be  immediately  notified,  and  the  work  <£  prod-uoing 
commercial  records  und  positive  prints  will  not  bo  gone  ahead  with  on 
these  particular  subjects. 

Shis  same  course  will  be  pursued  with  all  pictures  and  records 
made,  that  is  amplified  records  and  positive  prints  will  be  submitted 
and  shown  to  Committee  before  the  actual  work  of  producing  them  in 
quantities  is  proceeded  with. 

All  hands  will  please  work  along  these  lines  and  if  the  matter  is 
not  entirely  understood,  please  confer  further  with  me . 

11/22/12.  ^ 

Copy  tc ( Mr.  Edison.  } 

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The  Third  Thanskgivin* 

When  Joey  was  on  Time 

A  Dollar  saved  is  a  Dollar  Earned 

The  Winking  Parson 

His  Mother's  Hope 

No  Place  for  a  Minister's  Son 

Annie  Crawls  Upstairs 

A  Proposal  Under  Difficulties 

Saving  the  Game 

It  is  never  too  late  to  mend 

The  Crime  of  Carelessness 

Y/hat  Katie  Did 

How  a  Horseshoe  upset  a  Happy  Family 
An  Old  Fashioned  Elopement 
The  Mountaineers 
He  Swore  off  Smoking 

Average  Cost  per  foot  $1.15 


Kindergarten  Dept  Horace  Mann  School  N.Y.  530 

The  Latest  Addition  to  the  U.  S.  Navy  600 







Average  Cost  per  foot 

$  .15 

UinuteB  of  the  Meeting  of  the  V 
Home  Kinetoecope  Sales  &  Advertising  Committe* 
Held  Deceraher  2nd 
at  2:00  P.M. 

In  the  Executive  Committee  Hoorn 
and  attended  hy 

Mesers.  Pelser,  Jarrell,  Baldwin,  Berggren,  Gall.HoChosney  and 

The  Committee  discussed  a  circular  from  Boston  Edison 
Company  in  which  the  latter  announce  their  intention  of  getting  out 
icinemaoolor  motion  pioturee  showing  the  use  of  eleotrioity,  and  in¬ 
vite  the  exhibitors  at  the  Boston  Show  to  co-operate.  Decided  that 
an  effort  should  he  made  to  get  Boston  Edison  Company  to  let  us 
take  the  pictures  in  black  and  white  photography. 

Text  for  advertising  motion  picture  ciroular  was  ap¬ 
proved  and  it  was  decided  to  print  five  thousand  copies  of  this  cir¬ 
cular  in  the  form  of  a  four  page  leaflet.  8-1/fc*  x  11- .  without  il¬ 

The  advisability  of  sealing  films  was  discussed.  Matter 
referred  to  Mr.  McChesney  to  investigate  cost  and  most  practicable 

Indian  Motooycle  Company  are  reedy  to  order  another 

thousand  foot  negative  from  us. 

.  Ur.  Ives  reported  that  the  new  pictures  are  greatly  im¬ 
proved  in  quality. 



Hr.  Maxwell  called  attention  to  oircular  letter  from 
Boston  Edison  Company  inviting  editors  at  the  Show  to  oo-operate 
in  a  plan  to  show  various  uses  of  electricity  by  means  of  kinema- 
oolor  motion  pictures.  He  thought  we  should  take  this  matter  up 
with  Boston  Edison  Company  immediately  and  endeavor  to  get  them  to 
let  us  take  the  proposed  pictures  in  black  and  white.  Mr.  Pelser 
will  get  in  touoh  with  them  at  onoe. 

Mr.. Jarrell  read  letter  from  Hallberg,  the  Jobber,  de¬ 
noting  phonograph  dealers  as  a  class  when  it  came  to  handling  the 
Edison  Home  Kinetosoope. 

Br.  0.11  resorted  that  Hr.  Hutchison  -a.  un«illlno  to 

hl,„  «  tlx  to  d..iont»o  .  xohin.  f.r  <*•  ->”<■«» 

„,u  «.x  .«.«  -rk  i.  —»•*•*•  *•—  “*  ”“"U 

that  It  x.  rery  MM>  «»  *“«  *"M“  “ 

..  «  xh.  th.  x.t  .0  the  edyertiaing  «—.  »<»»**•“ 

th.t  O.WM  or«  0..  Xd  xtttx  «•  .1-  th.  l.«  —tlhg  «» 
th.  MtM  and  .r.  W  — »  lntereeted  In  .  x.hi«.  of  ttt.  »«• 
,t  ...  doold.d  th.t  Ur.  OX-11  — —th  -ith»-  Hatohioon. 

Bn.  Bxrell  aut»ltt.a  '•*  adyertletng  »tl» 
l.Xl.t -  dl,»h...d  .«  —  »««•  »•  -"“-W  U"“al“t 
th.  copy  ...  x.h  dleP«X^  ...  .0  »«.»  »*»««. 

in  ehy.rU.lno.  By.  Pxr.ll  «X.  »■  ****  «““£*  $1™ 

proeented  th.  >Uht  U»  «  ««— »  <»*  ■*»*»  *“ 

t.d  h,  .ur  MX.  «p=rt.»..-  »• 

.1..  th.  «...  Klnotoeoep.  «».  Order.  f»  th.  fll“ 

„ald  fell.,  x  •  »t“'  •*  “»»“•  “  •a0t*  “*  " 

print  fly.  theu.xd  ..pi.,  rttheut  -  In  th.  f.m  . 

a  four  page  leaflet,  B-l/2"  x  11". 

Mr.  Jarrell  stated  that  there  was  some  complaint  on  the 

p«t  ..  dealer,  that  J.hh.r.  X-  «1»  xd  then  .hlpp.d  «« 

..  dealer.-  elder.  •  He  tueght  »  ».oh.  he  .  o.ed  »»  t.  th. 

fllx.  nr.  Bar-ell  th.uoht  th.t  the  eeUl.e  .f  *»■  «“•  t.ndrt 

..  «  -earahiltty  »*  that  the  «- 

ob««.  privilege  ought  to  be  cuff  latent  to  M  11  objection.. 

Beragron  ...  Inllnod  to  agr.0  Lb  tbl.vrl...  **“ 

ia  there  ...  oonalderable  trouble  and  be  tb.ogb.  lt  -.14  be  a  good 
to  aged  the  111...  It  .»  decided  to  ft.,  the  natter  to  Hr. 
»..»<.  .  ..“.bio  =»«  “*■  °r  “  „ 

...t,  »  order  tb..  tb.  .attar. Ight  be  mere  intelligently  ....Idee*. 

ueCbeeney  ..bed  .bother  tb.r.  ...  W  «**“. 

......  of  Ellera  buelo  Houee.  Hr.  W«U  «*». 

heard  from  llr.  Philllpe.  ™.  blnetograpb  department  .111  prmptly 
tb.  advertiolng  department  a.  ...»  »  the,  g.t  the  d.elrrt 
information  .....ruing  tb.  pr....t  °<  «“r.  Hue!.  H.u.e  - 

particularly  whether  they  bar.  giro,  up  tb.  d..l.r*lp  ..  -U  .. 

tb.  Jobb.  p  ^  Mrell  oall.4  attention  to  o.mpl.lut  of  Hr. 

gob....,  .  tr.r.ling  mn  f.r  Burbe  .  that  » 

mould  not  put  in  four  mfbin..  „  Initial  order.  «  «■  -“•? 

that  in  vie.  of  our  «  “W 

„g  no  .bang,  fold  be  mad.  at  *••»*  U  tb.  1.1.11  fgm. 

Mr.  Ives  spoke  In  the  highest  terms  of  the  new 

picture,  .biob  tb.  film  dop.r.m.n.  1.  getting  out.-  *• 

br.  iBm.11  .10*  «b«n  tb.  frying  derl... 

b.  roly  for  dourer,  1»  eu-tltlea.  Hr.  «#  -*»“ 

promioed  for  tb.  latter  p.rt  of  tb.  ,r....t  ...b- 

Hr.  Polaer  reported  tbat  th.  Indian  Hotocyol.  Co. 
rely  to  have  anotbor  picture  «h».  Tbl.  tbao  they  .ill  -»t 
.bout  1000  ft.  ^  ^  Baldwin  if  be  M  received 

oil  tb.  .....ear,  Ufo-Hon  on  .blob  to  guot.  price,  on 
.lid...  Hr.  Baldwin  that  Hr.  Oil  hi  furnl.b.d  tbl.  info— 

ou„nu...g  BOIB;  fh.  n.c.e.ltr  for  lieu—-* 
prevented  a  Committee  di.oua.l.n  of  tb.  motion  picture 
aituation,  but  tbl.  ba.  been  covered  by  a  confer....  between 

IveB,  Falser  arid  Maxwell ,  and  the  two  former  are  at  work  on  the 
subject a  selected  by  Hr.  Ives  from  our  professional  releasee. 

Next  meeting  Thursday,  December  fifth,  at  2:00 

P.  H. 

Am,  Maxwell. 


Copies  to  those  in  attendance 
and  Messrs.  Edison  and  Wilson, 


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December  4,  1912. 

Mr.  H. 


Up  until  a  short  time  ago  you  had  a  man 
working  for  you  hy  the  name  of  C.  E .  Marshall.  This  man 
was  employed  by  you  in  experimenting  on  a  Home  Kinetoscope 
screen,  and, as  per  my  conversation  with  you  over  the  'phone 
this  A.M.  ^advise  that  his  time  and  the  time  of  any  other 
people  engaged  on  this  experiment  were  charged  to  our 
Experimental  Requisition  #98. 

Inasmuoh  as  this  requisition  covers 
miscellaneous  experimental  work  in  connection  with  Home 
Kinetosoopes  for  year  ending  February  28th,  and  you  can 
readily  understand  it  is  impossible  for  us  to  determine 
the  amount  of  time  and  material  spent  on  the  soreenB, 
consequently  I  would  ask  you  to  kindly  let  me  have  as  near 
as  possible  the  amount  of  labor  and  the  amount  of  material 
used  in  connection  with  the  Boreen  experiment.  ThiB  is 
necessary  owing  to  the  fact  that  we  are  now  manufacturing 
these  screens  ourselves,  and  any  machinery  in  connection 
with  the  screens  was  made  in  the  laboratory,  consequently 
it  is  no  more  than  fair  that  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works 
should  be  billed  with  the  cost  of  these  machines,  and  the 
only  way  to  determine  the  approximate  cost  1b  by  getting 
the  above  information. 

Would  also  state  that  I  have  today  taken 
up  with  Mr.  HutchiBon,  advising  him  that  Marshall  is  now 
working  for  us,  and  he  stated  he  will  take  the  matter  up 
and  issue  a  memorandum  whereby  his  time  Bhould  be  transferred 
and  should  be  paid  by  us. 



The  question  has  again  come  up  as  to  when  we  will  re¬ 
quire  the  first  100  Kinetophonographs ,  ana  also  the  Beoona  100 
now  on  manufacturing  order. 

As  has  been  advised  a  great  many  times,  the  first  25 
of  these  machines  shouia  now  he  reaay  for  shipment,  ana  the 
remaining  76  were  promised  for. January  1st,  and  must,  if  possible, 
be  ready  by  that  time. 

The  second  100  machines  should  follow  along  just  as 
rapidly  as  possible  and  we  should  have  the  first  25  of  them,  if 
possible,  by  February  1st;  25  by  March  1st;  25  by  April  1st; 
and  26  by  May  1st. 

We  will  probably  have  to  issue  adaitional  manufacturing 
orders  a  little  later  on,  as  we  will  perhaps  sell,  all  told,  500 
of  these  machines.  Therefore,  Otto  Weber  should  proceed  with 
the  tools  just  as  rapidly  as  possible.  In  the  meantime,  how¬ 
ever,  and  until  such  tools  are  completed,  work  should  be  proceed¬ 
ed  with  by  hand  or  with  the  temporary  tools.  Just  the  same  as  has 
been  done  in  getting  out  the  first  100  machines,  so  that  the 
matter  of  getting  out  the  second  100  will  not  be  delayed  until 
all  tools  are  finished. 

CHW/IWW  ys  O'  H*  w* 

(Copy  to  Mr.  Edison) 

Messrs.  Eggleston,  Corbett  and  Pelzer: 


Referring  to  Mr.  Corbett,  who  is  breaking  in 
to  aot  as  Inspeotor  and  Instructor  of  the  Kinetophone,  he 
should  be  able  to  disassemble  and  reassemble  the  different 
units  making  up  this  outfit—  that  is,  the  Phonograph, 
Synohronizing  Devioe  and  Picture  Machine.  Quite  a  number 
of  the  Phonographs  have  been  delivered  to  Mr.  Eggleston  in 
the  Eleotrioal  Department.  Mr.  Eggleston  should  turn  one 
of  these  maohines  over  to  Mr.  Corbett,  who,  under  his  (Eggleston's) 
instructions,  will  disassemble  and  reassemble  it  until  EggleBton 
is  satisfied  that  Corbett  is  competent  to  do  this  work.  Phe 
same  method  should  be  proceeded  with  in  connection  with  the 
Synohronizing  Devioe  and  Kinetoscope,  although  I  believe  that 
Corbett  is  already  thoroughly  familiar  with  the  KinetoBoope 
end  of  the  business. 

•  She  first  of  next  week  we  will  probably  have  another 

man  or  two  to  break  in,  and  they  should  be  schooled  in  exactly 
the  same  maimer  as  above  indicated.  Mr.  Pelzer  will  advise 
Mr.  Eggleston  who  these  men  are  to  be. 

(Copies  to  Mr.  Edison  and  Mr. 



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Deo.  11,1912 

Mr.  Eggleston  and  filej- 

In  oonneotlon  with  the  26  alternating 
ourrent  motors  that  the  Emerson  Electric  Mfg.  Co.,  are  building 
for  us  whioh  they  expeot  on  Deoember  14tb,  please  note  that  they 
will  make  the  shafts  parallel  with  the  bottom  of  the  base.  They 
mention  however  in  their  communication  the  followings 

"  Ho  doubt  you  noticed  that  the  distance  from  the 
center  of  the  shaft  to  the  bottom  of  the  base  on  the 
alternating  ourrent  motor  is  approximately  3/4" 
greater  than  the  corresponding  dimension  on  the 
direot  ourrent  motor,  and  you  probably  have  arranged 
to  take  finre  of  this.  He  mention  the  point,  how¬ 
ever,  as  we  understand  from  your  request  that  the 
bottom  of  the  base  be  parallel  with  the  shaft  that  the 
motors  will  be  geared  and  this  dimension  will  there¬ 
fore  be  of  importance." 

I  trust  that  you  will  therefore  consider 

this  point. 

The  Emerson  people  further  advise  that  in¬ 
asmuch  as  we  were  in  a  great  hurry  for  this  first  lot  of  26  motors 
that  they  are  rushing  them  through  the  factory  furnishing  a  motor 
with  shutters,  making  them  all  enclosed.  However  they  mean  to  furnish 
motors  of  this  type  with  solid  end  covers,  making  them  all  enclosed 
whioh  motors  will  be  very  much  better  for  this  service.  In  order  to 
furnish  these  motors  with  the  solid  end  covers  it  will  be  necessary 

to  make  special  patterns  and  castings  . 


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Deo.  11,  1912. 

Messrs.  Pelser,  Highsm,  Eggleston,  Eembolt,  Corbett,  Thompson: 

As  the  experimental  work,  design,  eta. ,  on  the 
Kinetophone  outfit  has  been  praotioally  oompleted  and  the  work  still 
to  be  done  in  oonneotion  with  getting  it  ready  for  the  market  iB  a 
matter  of  detail—  as  to  how  it  shall  be  handled,  neoesBary  direc¬ 
tion  sheets,  eohoollng  of  instructors,  eto. —  it  haB  been  deoided 
that  Mr.  Hatehison  will  take  charge  of  all  these  matters.  Jn 
doing  this,  he  will  of  oourse  work  with  eaoh  one  of  you  and  obtain 
your  opinion  or  advioe  on  any  questions  not  perfectly  clear  to  him, 
but  he  is  to  be  in  full  oharge  and  held  responsible  for  working  out 
suoh  things  as  the  extra  parts  that  should  accompany  eaoh  outfit 
to  make  quiok  repairs  in  oase  of  break-down;  direotion  and  instruc¬ 
tion  sheetB,  photographs,  eto.,  for  properly  packing  and  unpacking, 
setting  up  the  outfits  and  repacking  them;  deoide  on  when  the  two 
instructors  —  Thompson  and  Corbett—  are  sufficiently  sohooled 
and  oapable  of  instructing  other  people;  determine  with  the  ss- 
siatonoe  of  Mr.  reiser  in  qhat  theatre  the  first  outfit  can  he  set 
up  in  Hew  York  City,  ana  then  deoiae  with  the  assistance  of  Mr. 
Highmm  how  best  to  Bet  it  up,  string  the  synchronising  ooxd, 
where  the  Phonograph  will  he  placed,  eto.  eto. 

In  addition  to  the  things  above  enumerated  there  will 
doubtless  several  other  matters  oome  up  that  must  ho  ^threshed  out 
and  deoided  by  some  one  person,  and  Mr.  Hutchison  will  be  the  man 
to  take  up  and  decide  suoh  matters. 

If  this  memo,  is  not  thoroughly  understood,  please  see 

OHJT/lWf  0.  H.  W. 

(Copy  to  Mr.  Edison) 

■!  Supplementing  my  memorandum  to  you  of 

December  5th  in  reference  to  alternating  and  direct  current  motorB 
for  Kinetophone,  pleaBe  note  that  in  the  event  of  our  ordering  fur¬ 
ther  quantities  from  the  Emerson  people  it  will  he  necessary  for 
them  to  make  special  patterns  and  castings  which  will  take  poseihly 
two  weeks.  If  there  is  any  likelihood  of  a  rush  on  these  motors 
it  would  be  well  to  get  our  order  in  in  amnia,  time* 

H.  T 



Dec.  11,  1912. 

iors.  Plimpton,  Pclaer,  Ecmbolt,  Hicham  Hutchison: 

Please  note  it  has  hcon  decided  to  loavo  out  tho 
word  "Wonderful"  in  the  title  used  with  Kinotophone  pictures, 
thereby  makinc  it  rend  simply  "THE  EDISQH  KIIIF.T0PH01IE " , 
instead  of  "The  WondonSul  Edison  Einctophono";  also  that 
Mr.  Edison's  picture  is  not  to  he  used  either  r.t  the  finish 
of  "The  lecture"  picture  or  any  other  ones. 

CHW/IWW  C.  It.  W. 

(Copy  to  tlr.  Edison) 

»oo.  aft,  i»is. 

Maoore.  Eggleston,  Kighara,  Kenbo'lt; 

Ab  there  otlll  aenran  to  be  atcao  alight  tais- 
undoratandiiig  aa  to  ^aat  who  io  at  tho  heed  and  ia  to  ho  nonsuited 
concerning  Xinotophono  matters,  I  would  again  adviae  that  Hr.  Hutchison 
io  to  h&vo  charge  of  all  mtggeetcd  ohangaa  1»  oonatruotlon  or  oquip- 
aont,  the  too ting  out  of  the  outfits  for  wear  end  tear  Mid  hroakdown 
purposes;  the  settle,?  out  of  direction  shoots,  inntxactione  for 
operating,  etc. ;  the  school Ins  of  instructors;  the  method  of  Hotting 
up  outfits  in  theatres,  end  all.  other  *orfc  of  every  hind  and  nature 
in  a  emanation  with  tho  construction,  tooting,  eohnoling  of  inutruo- 
toro  end  setting  up  of  these  outfits;  and 

to.  John  falser  is  in  charga  of  all  raattoro  connected 
with  the  orders  and  contracts  for  thee*  outfits--  that  ift,  a*  to 
the  rotation  in  which  the  outfits  are  to  ho  shipped;  whore  they 
ere  io  go;  typo  of  motors  with  whioh  they  nro  to  ho  equipped,  oto. , 

Anything  yon  desire  to  Xnow  or  any  instructions  you 
deuiro  given  oonoernlng  any  of  tho  aattora  abovo  referred  to 
should  bo  referred  to  either  ono  or  tho  other  of  the  parties  above 
nantionod,  j-a  the  case  may  bo* 

<m/ms  o.  x.  v. 

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Thomas  A. Edison  Inc. 

Orange  S.J.U.8.A.  of  w.H.Ueadowcroft  Esq 

Secretary  to  Mr  Edison 

Bear  Sir, 

X  beg  to  enclose  herewith  some  newspaper  accounts  about 
Mr  Gaumont 1 o  new  process  of  producing  films  with  natural  colours 
which  no  doubt  will  greatly  interest  Mr  Edison.  The  writer  has 
assisted  to  a  private  representation  of  the  moving  pictures, 
details  of  which  are  given  in  the  attached  programme, and  wishes 
to  say  that  as  far  as  the  pictures  of  flowers  and  butterflies 
are  concerned, they  were  absolutely  admirable.  The  panoramas 
were  less  true  as  far  as  the  colouring  is  concerned.  Should 
Mr  Edison  wish  to  have  further  informations  on  the  subject,! 
shall  be  glad  to  try  and  obtain  same. 

Yours  very  truly, 




Le  Biochrome  Gaumont 


Societe  deS  €tab!iS£€n>ei)tS  fiaOnjoijt 

"Vues  en  Couleurs  Naturelles 



au  “CINEMA-THEATRE’*  en  Decembre  1912 

1.  FLEURS  : 

Soleils,  Delphiniums,  etc. 





Petites  J{eines-Marguerites. 
Petits  Zinias. 

Gros  Zinias. 

Campanules  names. 

Ulium  aura  turn. 

Branche  de  Houx. 




j.  VUES  de  : 

W onfleur,  Trouville,  Deauville. 

3.  PAYS  AGE  champ^tre. 

4.  PAP1LLONS  : 

Urania  J{ipheils  (Madagascar). 
T^allima  hiachis  (Borneo). 

Jttorpho  Helenor  (Brcsil). 

Cetosia  Cyane  (Indes). 

Jlttacus Plalysamia  Cecropia  (E.-U.) 
Ajatura  his  (Europe). 

7Horpho  Jhnalhonte  (Guyanc). 
JHorpho  Cypris  (Nouvcllc-Grcnade). 
Morpho  Silk<ruisl(i  (Australia). 

5.  Ste-MAXJME-sur-MER. 



Minutes  of  the  First  Meeting 
of  the 

Home  Kineto scope  Committee 
Held  Deo .  24th 
at  10:00  A.  M. 

In  the  Exeoutive  Committee  Boom. 

Messrs.  Baldwin,  Pelzer,  Stevens,  MoChesney,  Gall,  Maxwell, 
Messrs.  Wilson  and  Farrell  present  during  a  portion  of  the 

Deoided:  .  .  „  . 

Out  policy,  save  in  extreme  cases,  is  to  put 
into  the  Film  Exchange  not  more  than  one  new  film  for  eaoh  twenty 
old  films  received  there. 

That  we  will  hold  steadfastly  to  our  resolu- 
1,..  +n  oooeT)t  no  dealer  unless  convinced  that  he  is  capable  of 
making0 a*BU0c ess  of  the  line  and  that  another  letter  to  jobbers  he 
issued  on  this  subject. 

That  we  print  lists  of  the  139  subjects  whioh 

A  more  definite  manufacturing  schedule  is  to 
be  adopted  in  accordance  with  Mr.  Wilson’s  suggestions,  whioh  it  is 
believed  will  materially  reduce  expenses. 

The  preparation  of  the  sample  advertising 
film  will  be  postponed  until  our  commercial  stock  is  replenished. 

Mr.  Maxwell  not  being  in  agreement  with  the 


Details  of  meeting  on  following!  pages. 

Mr.  Baldwin  asked  for  ruling  on  a  oase 
where  requisition  is  made  upon  Pilm  Exohange  for 'a  film  which  can¬ 
not  be  supplied  from  the  stook  on  hand.  He  asked  whether  we  would 
put  a  new  film  in  the  Exchange  in  order  to  meet  such  requisition. 

Mr.  Maxwell  stated  that  Mr.  Parrell  was  to  make  a  report  on  the 
number  of  new  films  already  placed  in  the  Exchange  and  suggest 
some  method  of  preserving  a  ratio  of  twenty  to  one  on  old  films  to 
new  ones.  Mr.  Pelzer  instructed  Mr.  Baldwin  to  supply  a  new  film 
in  the  case  brought  to  the  attention  of  the  Committee.  Mr.  Maxwell 
requested  that  Mr.  Harrell  furnish  a  report  on  the  number  of  films 
in  the  Exchange  Bureau  and  what  percentage  represents  films  that 
were  new  at  the  time  they  were  put  into  the  Exchange  Bureau. 

Mr.  Baldwin  called  attention  to  the  fact 
that  our  jobbers  are  generally_.disr_egarding.  the  letter  of  November 
twelfth  in  which  we  express  bur  determination  to  accept  no  dealers 
in  the  future  except  those  who  we  are  convinced  are  well  qualified 
to  handle  the  line.  This  letter  among  other  things  required  a  per¬ 
sonal  report  from  the  jobber's  traveling  man  in  which  he  assumed  a 
degree  of  personal  responsibility  as  to  the  dealer's  qualifications. 
After  discussion  it  was  decided  to  get  out  another  letter  to  jobbers 
with  a  view  to  impressing  upon  their  minds  that  we  would  rigidly 
adhere  to  the  policy,  outlined  in  our  letter  of  November  twelfth.  It 
was  the  opinion  of  the  Committee  that  we  ought  to  rigidly  examine 
all  dealers'  applications  and  rejeot  any  application  where  there  was 
the  slightest  doubt  in  our: minds  as  to  the  dealer's  business. 

Mr.  Stevens  asked  how  soon  he  would  be  fur¬ 
nished  with  si  completely  revised  liBt  of  film  subjects.  Mr.  Baldwin 
stated' that  a  list  of  a  hundred  and  thirty-nine  would  be  furnished 
in  multigraphed  form  within  a  day  or  so.  There  followed  a  discus¬ 
sion  as  to  how;  soon  we  would  be  able  to  make  deliveries  of  all  sub¬ 
jects  appearing  on  this  list  of  one  hundred  and  thirty-nine.  Mr. 
Pelzer  stated  that  Mr.  Harrell  is  at  work  on  a  statement  of  the 
prints  in  stock,  and  as  soon  as  such  statement  is  completed,  the 
stock  of  a  hundred  and  thirty-nine  subjects  will  be  replenished. 

He  thought  this  oould  be  accomplished  inside  of  a  month.  It  was 
therefore  determined  to  print  the  list'  of  a  hundred  and  thirty-nine 
subjects  with  brief  descriptions  as  heretofore. 

Mr.  Maxwell  requested  Mr.  Baldwin  to  present 
at  the  next  Committee  meeting  a  statement  showing  the  number  of 
eaoh  film  subject  Bold  to  date,  as  well  as  the  number  from  the 
various  classifications. 

Mr.  MoChesney  submitted  proposition  from 
Insurance  Engineering,  an  insurance  trade  paper,  that  we  make  an 
expenditure  of  about  $200  in  advertising.  After  discussion  it  was 
decided  to  reject  this  proposition. 

Mr.  Wilson  outlined  briefly  a  manufacturing 
schedule  for  both  machine  and  film  which  he  desired  to  put  into 
effect  aB  soon  as  Mr.  HarrellAs  report  is  completed.  Upon  receipt 

of  Mr . -Farrell's  report,  a  schedule  is  to  bepreparatl  by. the  Com- 
•mittee  in'  accordance  with  Mr;.  Wil son’s  plan:  It.  is 'believed  that 
this  plan  will -enable  us  to:  reduce  the  help,- arid 'the  expenses  ’in 
both  the  -  Film  and  '-Machine.-  Shop  departments ,  and  'at.  the' ' seme ■  time 
enable  Us’  , to  ,-oarry  ,  a  .more  even,  stock,/' 

Mr .  Maxwell'  inquired  as:  to  the  .'.status:,  of  -adver¬ 
tising/film  .containing  ■,8'ec',tibni0l'f’rdm'  .the  Paribus;  advertising  films 
.  that  we  hav,e  produced ..  Ur  .  Gall,  state'ii'  ’that'  the  production,  of  this 
film. involved  considerable  work  arid  delay.  1  It  was. decided  to  let - 
the  matter,  rest,  until;  oU'r-;commercialv'it6ck  is  ropl'eriished  and  our 
manufacturing,  schedule  .  in  operation.. :  ■’ " .-  ’  v  . .-  ' 

.  '  -  (  '  ltt:.sMa^ell‘  asked’:  i|or ’report, , oh- work  b^ing  done 

in, p'.ohnec tion  with  Religious  organizations ;:,’.  lir'.,’Pelzer  'stated  'that 
Bev i i  Stockton '  was  Select lhg  -  some '■pi'Ctufcdb'-'f o'r:  use'-’  b"h;’-  religious  ‘ slides . 
He  -  wilj, :  do'1  the  editorial'- '  work  •  o'f-  -airangirig  /thes.e  .'pictur  es  in  ,  proper 
sequence  for  42.6,.  ' He: -.propose hi. to- .  seiept,  260  .pictures making  'twenty- 
five  slide's . ,  '.After  the,pictu'res  are-.  eele'  'Hey;.,'Stpokton,  Mr  . 
Pelzer  .will  see  Ur  .  Beseleri  .-the(>dwne'r  'of'the  ’rieg'ati.yeB.'  and  -make 
some  arrangement  with  hinl.-for  ?*heir:  usevori  ^slides.’ .  Mr  .  Farrell  re¬ 
ported  -that  thVffilks  of  -.the-  Mi'SBipnary'  Educ  ational'  Movement'  thus  far 
examined  .were. ;i'»  such  had-Pon^i'tibh Vs  io'h'e,  unusable* HeVqtated 
that  ;a  number''  of;  .'those,;, taken  in; this ,  Country  .were:  made  ,  by  independent 
manufactu^ra  -and-  acp ordihgiy'.  .the-  ripgativeB.  :opUld;,hot;be.  used -by  us . 

He  thought  .'that  we,  would  probably  , have  -to-  .abandon-.  the  idea  of'  using 
any.  of.  the 'negatives;  owned  :by;thia  Association..  ,  ;Mr ;Maxwell  asked  . 
what  progress  Mr  .Plimpton  was  making  "oh  .th'e  ,;.parable',  piotures  .  Mr'. 

'  Farrell  said,'  'hbvhad  'ho recent'  reports  ;Mr  . .  Maxwell  .asked*,  that' a  full 
repo'rt  /be'tohtaine'dv'from-'Mry.iPl'imptph’and.i-sUbmi't'te.d  at.  the  next  meet¬ 
ing  '.j  V Mr Maxwell- .'ihqu'iippd  .-'What  promotion,  work ; was  .being  done'  among 
thevrelisio'us. brgahlzatibns'.;!  -Mr .  Peizbr.'  ihqUghti’iio  thing; could  be  * 
done  until' 'We . were  in  i  a1  position-'  to:  show  .them’  severaliireligious  sub¬ 
jects'.  "  Mr  .  Maxwell  -  disagreed,  witli'  this  .view. '  ihere'  foi-lowed  -a 
discussion,  of  '  , what  /could  <be:.  done  pending  the  issuance  of  some  Pel-- 
igious.'BUb  j acts > -Mr  i  Maxwell 'ViSid^hS^would' "prepare. -'a:  statement  of 
what  'he  thought  pould  .be'  done  and  . submit, .  it'.:  at  the  next  meeting . : 

Wm.  Maxwell. 

.Chairman . 

Copies  to  those  in  attendance 
and  Messrs.  Edison ,&  Wilson. 

c-Tu/ce  -  <yfc. 


’Report  W.  W.  Dinwiddie.  *T*T 


to  perforations  or  other 


hut  the  oelluloid  side ,  whioh  oomeSla  in  oontaot  with  the 
sprockets  and  rollers  has  a  Bort  of  sown  on  it  in  places. 

The  surface  being  non-absorbent,  the  water  aries  in  drops, 
eaoh  drop  leaving  a  residue  if  the  water  is  dirty  -  but 
this  is  not  the  trouble.  I  have  tried  to  remove  , the 
dirt  by  a  chamois  skin  rubber  but/have  beer/, unsuccessful 

—  L .uJis-rr  ' 

I  believe  that  if  the  sprockets  were  all  / 
relieved  in  the  center  so  as  not  to  touch  the  film  end  if' 
relieved  sprockets  were  substituted  for  the  plain  rollers 
the  trouble  might  be  eliminated.  There  is  another  \ 
advantage  in  this  as  there  would  be  no  chance  for  a  roller\ 
to  stop  turning  and  scratch  the  film.  „  .L  ~  ~  ^  *>} 

Photogr^phxcaily' the]  development  is  ideal 
if  the  temperature  of  the  developeir/oan  b«  kept  constant. 
When  the  cold  weather  started  we  hcfcl  a  steam  radiator  put/ 
in  the  room  but  did  not  fix  up  a  thermostat  control  for  1 
it  lierff  was  feared  that  having  steam  in  the  building  won: 
injure  wooden  patterns  stored  above  so  the  radiator  was 
disconnected.  Now  the  patterns  have  been  removed  on 

account  of  another  Bteam  pipe, but  I  have  been  too  busy  on 
the  educational  film  work  to  taokle  it  sinoe. 

I  wish  some  of  the  complications  could  be 
eliminated  .  Tou  will  undoubtedly  be  able  to  make  some 
good  suggestions  and  I  want  you  to  look  it  all  over  be¬ 
fore  I  do  anything  more  with  it.  I  am  satisfied  that  we 
are  working  on  the  right  principle . 

Deo.  26,  1912. 


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Minutes  of  the  Seoond  Meeting  of  the 
Home  Kineto scope  Committee 
Held  December  31et 
at  10:00  A.M. 

the  Executive  Committee  ?oom 

Present:  Messrs .  Parrel,  Baldwin,  McChesney,  Stevens,  Pelzer  and 
Maxwell.  Absent:  Mr.  Gall. 

Committee  deoided  to  obtain  six  additional 
oopies  pf  the  Underwriters'  final  report  on  the  Home  Kineto scope. 

Deoided  to  promulgate  action  of  Underwriters 
to  jobbers  and  dealers. by  trade  letter. 

tions  to  dealers  how  to  handle  oases. of 
with  demonstrations  by  city  authorities 

Deoided  to  inolude  in  House  Organ  instruo- 
to  handle  oases  of  attempted  interference 

Kinetograph  department  will  attempt  to  accel¬ 
erate  deoiaion  as  to  list  of  film  subjects  for  new  catalog  and  re¬ 
plenishment.  of  film  stock. 

Putting  the  Acetylene  outfit  on  the  market 
at  present  is  viewed  with  some  apprehension  because  it  iB 
that  this  aDDaratua  may 'participate  action  on  the  /part  of  the  rate 
making  hoards  “which  would  he  prejudicial  to_  the  machine  r®e*r^e0S 
of  its  lighting  equipment.  This  matter  to  be  reflected  upon  in 
the  meantime  and  Considered  oarefully  at  the  next  meeting. 

In  spite  of  requests  from,  jobbers  and  dealers 
for  national  advertising,  the  Committee  considers  it  inadvisable  at 
this  time., 


Copies  to  all  oommittee  members 
and  to  Messrs.  Edison  and.  Wilson,. 


Decided  to  obtain  six  additional  oopies  of  the 
oomplete  Underwriters'  report.  This  will  involve  the  printing  of 
additional  oopiee  of  photographs  appearing  imoh  r«»ort. 
deoided  that  twelve  oopiee  he  printed.  Mr.  Jarrell  will  look  after 
this . 

*  Mr.  Maxwell  inquired  about  getting  out  a  letter 

to  jobbers  and  dealer a  announcing  the  action  of  the  Underwriters 
laboratories.  Mr.  Pelzer  thought  it  was  advisable  to  do  so.  Mr. 

impressed  by  the  instrument.  A  discussion  followed  as  to  whether  we 
ought  to ' inolude  in  the  next  issue  of  the  House  Organ  a  brief  state¬ 
ment  for  the  benefit  of  dealers,  showing  them  How  to  Handle  any  at 

in+A-rf pronoe  "bv  oitv  authorities*  Deoided  to  get  out  such  a 

statement  and  to  inolude  in  it  the  reoommendationthatdemonstrations 

be  given  at  the  homes  of  the  oity  authorities  having  in  charge  the 
enforcement  of  the  motion  picture ■ ordinances,  • lt. * ®° «£  tb^oase* 
would  be  better  to. try  the  demonstrations  first,  because  in  the  case 
of  loans,  the  dealers  might  experience  difficulty  in  getting  the  ma¬ 
chines  baok. 

Mr.  Baldwin,  in  speaking  of  the  hundred _ and 
thirty-hine  subjects  to  constitute  our  next  catalog,  stated  that  Mr. 
Ward  was  still  in  doubt  as  to .the  suitability  of  several  of  the  sub¬ 
jects-  To  prevent  any  unnecessary  delay  in  the  issuance  of  our  ca 
alog^'it  wasPdeoided  that  the  Film  department  bee on suited  immediately 
to  see  if  a  prompt  deoision  could  not1  be  reached..  It  was  the  opinion 
of  the  Committee  that  work  on  new  subjects  should  be  discontinued 

until  our  oatalog.  stock  is  replenished. 

Mr.  Baldwin  inquired  whether  we  intended  to 

definite  announcement  be  made  concerning  the  Acetylene  outfit  until 

Mr.  McChesney  reported  request  from  jobbers  that 
we  do  some  national  advertising  of  the  Edison  Home  Kinetoscope .  Mr. 

,  Baldwin  stated  that  these  requests  are  coming  t0 .^HeKinetograph^de 
partment  from  both  jobbers  and  dealers.  It  was  the  opinion  of  the 

Committee  with  whioh  Hr.  McChasney  agreed  that  we  are  nothin  a 
position  to  consider  any  national  advertising  at  this  time. 

Mr .  Baldwin  reported  that  statements  showing 
the  number  of  film  subjects  sold  to  date  would  be  ready  at  the  next 

Mr.  Tarrell  stated  that  his  report  on  the  Ex- 
change  Bureau  would  probably  be  ready  at  the  next  meeting. 

Mr .  Baldwin  stated  that  Mr .  Plimpton ' s  report 
on  the  religious  films  had  not  yet  been  reoeived,  but  would  no 
doubt  come  to  hand  before  the  next  meeting. 

Mr.  Baldwin  reported  five  new  prospects  for 

around  the  holiday  season. 

'  'Wm,  Maxwell. 

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OH  30 -7 OIIS. 

Ho  value  of  resistance  In  Berios  with  aro  will  stake  It  oper¬ 
ative  on  30  volts. 

A  vibrating  carbon  contact  interrupted  operated  by  a  series 
ooll  might  be  used  to  balance  fthe  aro.  The  one  that  was  tried  (simi¬ 
lar  to  reotif lor  unit)  caused  a, more  or  leBB, violent  hissing  at  the 
aro,  due  to  the  rapid  make  and  break  of  the  ourrent.  The  light  inten¬ 
sity  also  pulsated  periodically.  While  thiB  method  of  regulation  has 
possibilities  of  would  seem  that  in  general  the  propo¬ 
sition  shows  a  little  promise. 

A  series  hot  wirew  properly  dimensioned  and  oonBtruoted, might 
be  a  suooeBBful  though  expensive  way  of  holding  the  aro.  Owing  to  ex¬ 
pense  this  was  not  tried. 

OH  40-  VOLTS. 

About  the  best  operating  conditions  were  obtained  with  2.4 
ohms  in  series.  This  gave  approxinately  1/16 "aro  for  a  period  of  1 
minute  with  26  volts  (mean)  across  aro  and  16  volts  (mean)  aoross  rhe¬ 
ostat,  the  operating  ourrent  being  about  7  amp.  The  aro  was  hard  to 
start  and  the  ourrent  reached  a  maximum  of  14  amperes. 

The  above  Operation  is  not  to  be  compared  with  that  on  110- 
volts.  On  this  voltage  A  l/4"  aro  can  be  maintained  for  a  period  of 
8  minutes,  the  aro  being  very  steady  and  burning  without  the  slight¬ 
est  hlaa. 

The  above  trials  were  made  with  the  aro  alone — no  pictures 
being  projected. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Motion  Pictures  -  Educational  Films  (E-12-60) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  reports,  and  other  documents 
relating  to  the  use  of  motion  pictures  for  educational  purposes.  Included  are 
items  pertaining  to  photography,  equipment  and  machinery,  experiments,  and 
use  of  the  laboratory’s  facilities,  as  well  as  location  shooting.  Many  of  the 
reports  are  by  William  W.  Dinwiddie,  a  specialist  in  the  production  of 
educational  and  scientific  films  who  began  working  for  Edison  in  December 
1911.  Also  included  are  letters  from  educators,  publishers,  and  other 
individuals  writing  to  Edison  with  advice  or  requests.  A  sample  of  these  letters 
has  been  selected. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 
Unsolicited  letters  receiving  a  routine  reply  or  no  reply  from  Edison,  along  with 
duplicates,  have  not  been  selected. 

Feb.  15th,  1912 

Messrs.  TOa. G&ertner  b  Oo., 

'5545  Bake  Ave., 

Chicago*  Ill. 


Flense  send  me  n  catalogue  of  apparatus  for  demon¬ 
strating  a  general  course  in  physics,  also  your  catalogue 
of  laboratory  supports. 

Kindly  address  to  Mr.  W.  W.  Dinwiddle,  0/0  Engineer¬ 

ing  Dept. , 


EdiBon  laboratory.  Orange,  N.j. 

YourB  truly, 


per  w.  W.  Dinwiddle. 


Cable  Addreu  ''Scltnlla."  Chlcaao,  A.  B.  C.  Code  5th  Edition 


High  Grade  Physical 



Scientific  Apparatus 

and  Physiological 

Physical  &  Astronomical  Instruments 

from  leading  European 

Laboratory  Equipments 

Office  and  Factory 

Special  Instruments 
for  Research 

5345-5349  LAKE  AVENUE 

Illinois  Central  Station 

CHICAGO,  Feb.  17,  1912* 

Mr.  W.  W.  Dinwiddle, 

o/o  Engineering  Dept. 

Ediaon  Laboratory, 

Orange,  H,  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Dinwiddle, 

I  have  your  kind  letter  of  February  16th  and 
am  pleased  to:  hear  that  you  are  now  aaeoolated  with  the 
Edison  Laboratory. 

Agreeable  to  your  request  I  send  you  under 
separate  oover  a  full  set  of  our  catalogs  in  whioh  I 
trust  you  will  find  something  of  interest.;  The  demon¬ 
stration  apparatus  is  listed  in  our  catalog  D  and  is 
especially  designed  for  elementary  work,  but  we  are  in 
position  to  furnish  the  more  elaborite  and  accurate 
pieoes  such  as  you  will  find  lasted  in  the  foreign  cata¬ 
logs  and  I  shall  be  pleased  to  quote  you  on  anything  in 
the  line  of  physioal  apparatus. 

A  few  years  ago  we  took  over  the  business  of 
the  soientifio  Shop  and  are  prepared  to  furnish  anything 
formerly  handled  by  this  firm. 

Thanking  you  for  past  favors  and  trusting 
to  receive  your  kind  orders  whioh  will  have  our  best 
attention,  I  remain 

Yours  very  sincerely, 

Ur.Ldioon.^  reaRonf!  for  ray  having  naan  no  more  progress  last  week  were: 

1st.  Moving  to  new  ouarters  in  Room  17. 

3d  i  was  in  Hew  YorK  one  day-  to  buy  a  camera,  find  out  about  lights 
to  illuminate  models  to  photograph  and  get  addresses  of  all  manufacturers 
of  apparatus  for  demonstrating  physics  in  the  World.  We  have  written  them 
for  catalogs  which  will  be  full  of  useful  ideas.  When  in  H.Y.  I  looked  up 
the  matter  of  card  catalog  for  subjects  and  notes. 

3d.  The  Paths  camera  had  to  be  rebuilt  before  it  could  be  used. 

There  was  no  one  here  available  who  could  overhaul  this  camera  so  I  have 
undertaken  to  do  it  myself.  Tarts  for  it  are  being  made  in  the  shop  from 
my  sketches.  It  will  be  done  in  a  few  days. 

There  are  two  mechanical  tripod  heads  in  the  junk  pile  at  the 
phonograph  works.  I  expect  to  mount  one  on  each  end  of  a  bench  with  the 
distance  apart  adjustable,  mount  the  camera  on  one  and  the  various  models 
on  the  other. 

When  we  get  fixed  for  the  work  it  will  be  a  simple  matter  to  photo¬ 
graph  such  subjects  as  507  mechanical  movements. 

A  fairly  good  draughtsman  va&2gi of  more  assistance  now  than  any 
other  help.  He  could  lay  out  the  wheels  etc  for  mechanical  movements 
directly  on  wood  and  they  could  be  sawed  out  with  a  band  saw. 

I  believe  this  educational  series  will  be  a  tremendous  success,  but 
it  should  be  so  well  done  that  therein  be  no  room  for  a  word  of  criti¬ 
cism.  The  demonstration  apparatus  should  not  be  recognised  as  a  copy  of 
Queen  &  Co.  or  Max  Kohl  etc.:  It  can  improve  on  all  of  them  a  little  and 
its  nev/ness  will  add  greatly  to  its  popularity. 

I  an  nutting  all  the  hustle  I  can  into  the  work  and  am  thinking  about 
it  all  day  and  dreaming  about  it  all  night.  I  am  sure  you  will  not  bo 
dissatisfied  with  the  progress  made  when  you  have  seen  what  difficulties 

have  bean  i 



fa,  lO,  -it/dCz, 

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When  the  agency  work  in  the  schools  was  begun  it  was  agreed  that 
the  nesting  of  the  National  Eduoation  Association  to  be  hold  at  St. Louis, 
February  26-March  1,  should  be  ohosen  as  the  place  for  the  formal  announce¬ 
ment  of  this  work,  this  being  the  most  important  educational  meeting  of  the 
year  and  representing  in  its  attendance  the  entire  United  States.  The  fol¬ 
lowing  statements  of  facts  and  the  conclusions  drawn  from  thorn  represent  in¬ 
formation  and  impressions  gathered  before  the  St.  LouiB  meeting,  by  means  of 
calls  on  large  numbers  of  sohool  men,  and  also  the  experiences  at  the  meet¬ 
ing  itself,  whore  about  two  thousand  State,  City  and  County  superintendents 
were  present,  no  state  in  the  Union  being  without  representation.  The  St. 
Louis  meeting  offered  an  admirable  opportflnity.  for  the  exhibition  of  the 
home  kinetosoope  and  the  phono graph. tohundreis  of  superintendents  who  were 
unfamiliar  with  one  or  both  of  them.  There  was  also  opportunity  for  ex¬ 
tended  conferences  with  these  educators  and  for  the  disoussion  of  the  possi¬ 
bilities  oonneoted  with  the  work  of  thisemaohines  and  their  ueo  in  sohools. 

It  appears  therefore  that  as  the  result  of  thiB  meeting,  and  the  work  of  a 
preliminary  nature  whioh  preoeded  it,  we  are  in  as  good  a  position  to  draw 
conclusions  and  formulate  policies  as  we  can' possibly  be  at  any  time  during 
the  curront  sohool  year. 

It  is  unnecessary  to  state  that  the  name  of  "Edison"  is  a  potent 
influenoe  with  Amerioan  sohools.  Ur.  Edison  has  been  written  up  in  the  read¬ 
ers,  histories  and  biographies  used  in  the  sohools,  to  suoh  an  extent  that 
even  the  small  hoys  in  the  lower  grodee  are  familiar  with  hiB  name,  and  there 
is  a  general  tondonoy  on  the  part  of  sohool  people  to  admire  and  favor  any 
product  of  his  laboratories  and  workshops.  The  homo  kinetoeoopo  has  been  re¬ 
ceived  by  the  sohool  people  with  genuine  enthusiasm.  Not  that  all  of  then 
are  in  favor  motion  pioture  maohines  in  sohools,  hub  even  thoee  who  are  un¬ 
willing  to  admit  that  the  machine  has  a  proper  place  in  connection  with 
sohool  courses,  are  ready  to  admit  the  safety  and  Bimplioity  of  the  machine 
and  tile  quality  of  its  work.  The  opportunities  in  the  sohools  for  this  lit¬ 
tle  maohine  are  praotioally  unlimited,  provided  the  films  ars  furnished  which 
will  allow  the  maohine  to  be  used  in  oonneotion  with  ooursos  as  they  are  now 
organized,  and  provided  that  the  maohine  and  films  are  offered  to  sohool  au¬ 
thorities  by  methods  with  whioh  they  are  familiar,  thus  allowing  the  purohase 
and  use  of  the  home  kinetoaoope  to  develop  as  a  natural  pieoe  of  equipment  of 
the  sohool  of  to-day,  Thoro  is  no  doubt  that  the  little  maohine  holds  within 
itself  tho  possibilities  of  an  educational  revolution,  for  it  is.  a- trite  say¬ 
ing  among  educators  that  the  Amerioan  child  is  "  eye-minded",  ■:  and  "the  appeal 

in  the  past  has  been  too  largely  to  the  ear.  But  suoh  superintendents  and 
such  authorities  are  conservative,  to  say  the  least,  and  any  revolution  in 
methods  alarms  them.  The  easiest  line  of  approaoh  to  the  school  market  is 
along  the  pathway  of  the  oourses  as  they  now  exist.  Our  general  statement 
as  made  at  the  St .Louis  meeting  was, -"Every  sohool  room  Bhould  have  a  motion 
pioture  maohine  as  a  part  of  its  equipment  just  aB  muoh  as  it  has  a  black¬ 
board”.-  This  ideal  may  never  be  realized  but  long  3teps  in  that  direction 
oan  bo  taken,  in  the  opinion  of  the  writer,  if  the  lines  of  policy  as  sug¬ 
gested  hereafter  can  be  adopted.  Muoh  that  has  been  said  in  reference  to 
the  motion  pioture  machine  also  applies  to  the  phonograph,  whioh  also  should 
have  a  wide  field  of  usefulness  in  the  schools,  but  as  the  phonograph  has 
boon  mentioned  in  a  separate  report  it  oan  be  assumed  that  everything  which 
follows,  whioh  does  not  deal  specially  with  the  motion  pioture  maohine,  ap¬ 
plies  also  to  the  phonograph. 

In  order  to  seoure  and  hold  from  year  to  year  a  large  volume  of 
business  with  the  schools  of  the  United  States  the  Edison  Company  should, - 

First,, organize  an  Educational  Department.  The  head  of  this  De¬ 
partment  should  be  responsible  for  the  sales  to  the  publio,  private  and  pa¬ 
rochial  schools,  also  to  colleges,  universities  and  educational  institutions 
in  general. 

a. .. The  Educational  Department  Bhould  be  allowed  to  handle  all 
the  correspondence  received  from  those  engaged  in  educational  work 
and  from  sohool  authorities  and  Boards  of  Education. 

b. ..This  Department  should  conduct  the  circular  and  advertising 
campaigns  among  the  schools  and  Boards  of  Educations. 

o...It  should  be  allowed  to  make  suggestions  as  to  the  material, 
suoh  as  films  and  reoords  which  are  needed  to  enable  the  Company  to 
serve  the  schools  most  usefully  and  profitably. 

d. ..It  should  develop  and  maintain  a  complete  system  of  educa¬ 
tional  information  suoh  as  is  maintained  by  the  ordinary  book-publiBh- 
ing  house,  so  that  the  Company  may  be  in  touch  with  educational  organ¬ 
izations  throughout  the  country. 

e. ..It  Bhould  have  full  charge  of  all  the  agency  work  done  in 
the  schools,  including  all  demonstrations. 

f. ..It  Bhould  prepare  all  the  literature  and  advertising  mater¬ 
ial  sent  to  sohool  people. 

g.  ..It  should  work  undor  definite  conditions,  and  should  have 
offices  either  in  Hew  York  or  Orange  where  demonstrations  oan  be  given, 
nrvi  where  superintendents  and  purchasing  committees  of  Boards  of  Educa¬ 
tion  oan  be  received  and  taken  care  of. 

h. ..It  should  in  general  be  the  point  of  oontaot  between  the  Com¬ 
pany  and  the  educational  market,  oarrying  out  faithfully  the  plans  and 
policies  formulated  by  the  proper  authorities  in  the  Company,  but  exor- 
oising  freedom  within  the  limits  of  its  authority. 

The  above  points  seem  eaoential  as  matters  of  organization  if  the 
Company  ia  to  do  a  large  and  permanent  buaineaa  with  the  aohoola.  Sales  to 
aohoola  are  always  reoognized  ooomeroially  as  apeoial  in  their  nature.  Sohool 
authorities  spend  publio  money  and  their  tranaaotiona  are  surrounded  with 
many  speoial  re<iuir amenta,  and  frequently  with  muoh  of  the  special  procedure 
usually  known  as  "red-tape".  It  has  been  frequently  demonstrated  that  it 
is  not  possible  to  deal  with  sohools  in  any  large  way  except  by  means  of  an 
Educational  Department.  No  general  organization  has  ever  succeeded  in  gett¬ 
ing  and  holding  any  important  volume  of  sohool  business. 

Seoond. ..Film  production  should  be  oarried  on  as  rapidly  as  possi¬ 
ble,  and  definite  announcement  should  be  made  as  to  future  plans.  The  four 
courses  now  organized  in  every  sohool,  whioh  form  the  easiest  method  of  ap¬ 
proach  for  the  home  kinetosoope,  are  Geogrnphy,  History,  Nature  Study  and 
Civios,  The  courses  are  all  baaal  and  important.  If  a  definite  list  of 
films  for  each  one  of  those  subjects  oould  be  adopted,  and  if  the  manufacture 
of  these  films  oould  go  steadily  forward  so  that  a  reasonable  number  of  them 
might  be  promised  for  the  opening  of  the  Bohools  next  September,  it  would  be 
possible  to  book  hundreds  of  orders  for  September  delivery  on  the  basis  of 
such  an  announcement .  These  orders  will  be  larger  if  some  system  of  group 
prices  oan  be  adopted  whereby  certain  groups  of  films  oan  be  sold  as  groups 
at  a  prioe  lower  than  the  same  films  would  sell  for  if  bought  separately. 

This  grouping  idea  can  be  uoed  to  inorease  the  number  of  films  purchased  in 
any  individual  oase.  The  aohools  are  acoustomed  to  do  business  on  the  group 
plan  sinoe  sohool  libraries  have  been  sold  in  this  way  for  years.  The  impor¬ 
tant  thing  is  to  get  the  machines  into  use  as  widely  as  possible  at  an  early 
date.  With  thousands  of  the  machines  in  use  throughout  the  country,  their 
possibilities  in  connection  with  sohool  work  will  develop  very  rapidly.  Em- 
phatio  demands  for  films  in  various  subjeots  will  come  from  sohool  people. 
Suggestions  and  admonitions  of  all  sorts  will  arrive  with  every  mail,  and  as 
new  ooutbbs  are  developed,  and  new  methods  of  work  are  put  into  operation, 
more  and  more  machines  will  be  needed  to  oarry  out  these  plans.  The  final 
place  of  the  motion  picture  maohine  in  oonneotion  with  sohool  work  may  be  al¬ 
most  anything  that  imagination  can  suggest;  for  as  time  goes  on  educators 
will  specialize  along  this  line.  Muoh  literature  bearing  on  tho  subjeot 
will  develop,  and  manuals  of  all  sorts  setting  forth  speoial  plans  and  ideas 
will  be  prepared.  All  theso,  however,  must  come  in  natural  course,  but  will 
come  rapidly  if  the  machineB  can  be  introduced  at  first  as  necessary  supple¬ 
ments  to  the  present  text-books  and  the  school  plans  now  in  operation. 

Third.  .  .The  large  motion  picture  maohine  as  now  manufactured  by  the 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino,  should  bo  offered  to  sohool3  immediately  through  the 
Educational  Department  of  the  Company.  Entirely  aside  from  the  possibili¬ 
ties  oonneotod  with  tho  small  machine,  there  exists  at  present  an  opportunity 
to  sell  the  standard  machine  tomSohool  Boards  in  many  large  cities.  These  ma¬ 
chines  are  needed  for  playground  entertainments  and  for  use  in  largo  assembly 
rooms  where  the  small  maohine  would  be  inadequate.  Through  the  middle  west 
many  of  the  high  school  buildings  are  already  equipped  with  fireproof  boothrfs . 
The  films  used  for  playgroung  and  assembly  room  purposes  are  partly  education¬ 
al  and  partly  what  might  be  oalled  entertainment  films .  The  Edison  Company 

haa  on  its  regular  lists  large  numbers  of  films  which  are  especially  adapted 
to  this  work,  and  reasonable  activity  in  behalf  of  the  large  machine,  and  the 
excellent  output  of  the  Edison  Studio,  will  produce  good  returns  which  would 
in  all  probability  otherwise  go  to  various  film^-manufacturers  and  be  divided 
among  various  machine  makers.  This  work  does  not  conflict  in  any  way  with 
the  work  on  the  smaller  machine,  as  the  playground  and  assembly  room  features 
are  not  connected  in  any  special  way  with  the  aotual  work  of  the  sohools,  ex¬ 
cept  that  both  happen  to  be  under  the  jurisdiction  of  the  same  set  of  authori¬ 
ties.  The  sooial  center  idea.whioh  grows  every  year,  is  aided  in  a  wonderful 
wav  bv  the  inexpensive  instruction  and  entertainment  furnished  by  a  machine  of 
the  standard  size  in  playgrounds  and  assembly  halls,  where  the  pictures  oan  bo 
soen  by  hundreds  and  even  thouoando  of  people.  The  more  the  school  people 
learn  to  uae  motion  pictures  for  all  sorts  of  purposes  the  more  they  become  ae~ 
oendent  upon  them  and  the  more  important  will  be  the  place  which  they  oooupy 
in  the  general  scheme  of  instruction  and  entertainment  whioh  the  sohools  are 
aiming  to  furnish  to  both  pupils  and  parents. 

The  possibilities  in  every  direction  are  wide,  but  nothing  less 
than  careful  and  definite  organization,  which  will  support  active  and  methodi¬ 
cal  sales  campaigns,  will  be  able  to  measure  up  to  the 

which  may  be  occupied  during  the  next  year  or  two  under  the  right  conditions. 
Whoever  gets  the  field  first  will  hold  it  for  a  long  time  and  will  achieve  a 
prominence  and  permanence  in  it  which  will  make  competition  unprofitable  if 
not  impossible* 

Re  ope  otf ully  submitted . 

Hew  York  City. 

March  7th, 1912. 


Report  W.W. Dinwiddle. 

Mr. Edison: 

We  have  photographed  Archimedes’  screw  pump. 

Another  arc  lamp  like  the  one  re  have  has  been  ordered,  and  re  rill 
mafce  the  magnified  view  of  the  double  acting  force  pump  when  this  new 
lamp  is  received. 

Extension  bushings  have  been  made  for  the  camera  lens  to  give  enough 
magnification.  We  have  made  repairs  to  the  pump  and  renewed  the  leather 

Some  progress  has  been  made  on  other  models.  We  have  a  number  partly 
finished.  The  machine  shop  has  too  fer  lathes  etc  for  the  men  employed 
there.  We  can  rarely  get  the  use  of  a  machine  when  we  rant  it.  Sometimes 
a  man  rill  be  using  a  lathe  and  another  will  have  spoken  for  the  next 
it.  We  find  something  else  to  do  but  it  waste^a  lot  of  time. 
Very  respectfully, 

fa /t  t  Uf.  lb- 

chance  at 


Report  S.  G.  Warner 

Mr.  Edison:- 

The  wooden  support  for  camera  and  microscope  which 
was  used  in  photographing  the  orystals  was  found  to  he  too  un¬ 
steady  for  high  magnification.  ' 

The  oast  iron  apparatus  to  support  the  new  microscope 
which  you  authorized  us  to  purchase  is  nearly  complete.  This 
was  designed  especially  for  high  power  photomiorographic  work, 
and  was  constructed  here  because  nothing  suitable  oould  be  bought 
in : the  market. 

last  week  I  have  made,  with  the  old  apparatus, 
a  photograph  of  a  fly  confined  in  a  small  cell  as  you  suggested, 
and  I  have  made  some  preliminary  experiments  on  surface  tension; 
however,  most  of  my  time  has  been  occupied  in  arranging  illumina¬ 
tion  etc.  in  my  new  quarters  in  the  Galvanometer  Room. 

Very  respectfully. 



The  blu  e-printing  outfit  has  been  move  cl  out  to 
other  quarters,  which  gives  us  more  room. 

We  have  found  an  old  lathe  whioh,  with  some  repairs, 
will  do  very  well  for  our  work. 

Some  progress  is  being  made  on  the  models  for  the 
film  on  mechaniBm,  hut  most  of  our  time  the  past  week  has  been 
spent  on  the  gold  plating  machines  for  the  diso  records.  We  have 
finished  four  of  the  seven  ordered  and  Will  have  the  three  others 
done  to-morrow.  The  glass  work  on  these  machines  has  required 
a  large  amount  of  hard  labor.  We  have  done  all  we. could  to  rush 
it  through.  I  have  worked  every  night. 

Very  respectfully, 

l/0‘  Uf- 



4  /ufiGZ Z 

^  1  ft  ***** 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Kdison,  ^  ^ 

Orange,  N.  J.  ^  2  0  Hec'd  — t^tT 

Respected  Sir,-  ^  ^ 

The  enclosed  clipping  will  explain  Jthn^why 

1  have  made  use  of  the^ordli^rylantern  ajid^slldes^ln-^the  ^T~~ 
demonstration  of  my  subject,  ■I^^'Sat' 

iafaction.  There  can  be  no  reason^w^y  with  batter  facilities,  this  idea 
3hould  fail  of  great  usefulness.  And  I  hail  with  delight  y^ur  attempt, 
which  I  am  conf ldent*will  become  a  fact,  to  make  this^feature  a  permi- 
nont  adjunct  of  our  educational  life.  ) 

X  have  some  ideas  along  this  line  from  the  rifactical  teacher's 
standpoint  and  experience  which  if  you  should  care  to  cVrc  te  use  it  will 
my  pleasure  to  advance. 

Very  truly  yours 

June  10th,  1912 


VP  •  P.  -  %aL 


Mr,  Edison:-' 

We  have  photographed  the  mangle  motion,  parallel 
motion  with  internal  gear  and  pinion  l/2  its  diameter,  and 
the  elliptic  multilobed  gears. 

Mr.  Warner  has  photographed  a  water  flea  enlarged, 
showing  its  heart  heating,  a  colony  of  vortioelll  aid  one 
vorticelli  showing  everything  going  in  and  nothing  coming 
out.  He  made  a  trip  to  Hew  York  and  obtained  four  sea  anemone  from 
the  aquarium.  He  did  not  see  the  Aquarium  Director,  but 
thinks  he  will  be  able  to  get  a  lot  of  interesting  material 
from  him  later. 

His  dark  room  for  developing  tests  is  about  com¬ 
plete.  All  of  the  parts  for  the  continuous  developing  machine 
are  under  way,  and  we  expect  to  begin  picking  the  bugs  out 
of  it  in  ten  days. 

Very  respectfully, 

bu.  Lu. 


In  an  interview  in  the  N.  Y.  "Times "?lately,  you  were 
quoted  as  to  the  possibilities  of  developing  the  motion  pic¬ 
ture  maohine  for  education, puposes .  I  read  the  article  with 
satisfaction,  as  it  expressed  ideas,  that  I  have  been  urging' 
for  some  time . 

When  Lumiere's  GinematograxJhe  was  first  commercially 
introduced  about  ten  years  ago,  I  argued  strongly  for  its  a- 
doption  as  a  device  for  teaching  subjects  like  history,  geog¬ 
raphy,  nature  study  in  the  elementary  schools,  with  v/hich 
I  was  then  connected.  But  teaching,  like  all  the  "polite" 
professions,  is  conservative  at  times  to  the  degree  of  being 
reactionary,  and  is  slow  to  adoi>t  the  new,  and  iqy  suggestions 
were  frowned  upon  by  those  in  authority. 

Bow  that  the  cause  has  your  advocacy  and  backing  I  pre¬ 
sume  that  the  movement  will  be  vitalized  and  we  may  expect 

S.  I.  HYMAN  &  BRO. 


52  East  IOth  Street 

June  13,  1912.. . 

before  long  to  find  the  machine  being  used  in  every  school 
house  in  the  land. 

Now  there  is  one  subject  in  the  College  ourrioulum  that 
I  think  can  be  taught  by  the  pioture  machine  with  decided  ad¬ 
vantage  in  point  of  economy  of  time  (shortening  the  course  of 
study)  and  expense  to  students,  and  a  minimum  of  drudgery. 
V/hoever  will  standardize  the  first  set  of  teaching  films  il¬ 
lustrative  of  the  subjeot,  will  have  a  ohanoe  of  doing  for 
that  subjeot  what  Maury  did  with  his  Geographies  or  MoGuffy 
did  with  Readers  in  the  '70s  or  Steele  with  his  "Twenty  Weeks 
in  Chemistry."  etc.,  or  the  Ephemeris  does  for  "Navigation", 
or  Gray's  Anatomy  does  for  medical  students  or  Gray's  Cases 
does  for  law  students . 

I  desire  the  privilege  of  about  15  minutes  of  your  valu¬ 
able  time  to  outline  my  ideas  to  you.  Youare  a  tremendously 
busy  man,  and  your  time  is  limited  in  proportion.  But  I  have 
some  ideas  for  this  innovation  of  yours,  which  are  the  result 
of  investigation  and  much  reflection  and  as  you  are  in  a  posi¬ 
tion  to  make  use  of  them,  I  shall  be  delighted  to  submit  them 
to  you.  May  X  come  out  to  see  you?  I'm  sure  you  will  think 
well  of  them. 

Any  week-day  would  be  convenient  for  me. 


Mt lyagiiez,  P.  H-, . .&ly....a9.tll.r...19XS’-- 

Mr.  T.  A.  Edison, 

Orange.  IT.  J. 


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lines.  I  'believe ,  of  course,  that  this  is  a  good  move^mt  for 
the  Common  Schools,  High  Sohools,  and  Colleges,  but  I  believe 
that  there  is  another  field  which  will  be  even  more  benefited 
hy  the  motion  pioture  idea;  this  is  the  field  of  Agricultural 
Education,  and  more  particularly,  the  Farmer’s  Institute  Wort. 
There  is  an  immense  field  here  Bince  all  other  states  are  doing 
Farmer’s  Institute  wort.  The  one  late-  demfland  is  fox 
which  are  really  educational  along  agricultural  lines. 

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of  your  plans,  theidea  of  develop ing^&Mkf which  will  help 
in  teaching  Agriculture. 

Yours  truly. 

Dean,  College  of  Agri culture. 

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Report  V?.  W»  Dinftjddie 

Mr.  RfiiBon:- 

We  have  photographed  several  combinations 
of  pulleys  tills  woefc,  anil  Mr.  V.’egel  has  mu  do  two  photographs 
8  how lug  formation  of  sand  ripples  on  a  beaoh  with  hie  wot  or 
wave  machine,  and  one  showing  breakers. 

Mr.  Warner  has  photographed  a  fly  emerging 
from  pupa  and  ascending  through  manure, in  duplicate;  fly 
emerging  from  pupa  with  black  background  to  show  details; 
Caterpillar  of.  butterly  tying  himself  up  to  a  twig  and  hung 
up  ready  to  shed  his  akin. 

I  m  working  on  Saonarios  for  magnetism, 
which  will  he  ti  fairly  easy  subject  to  present  in  motion 
pictures,  and  as  the  work  we  have  now  started  la  completed, 
we  will  take  upirmagnetiem. 

Mr.  Jones  has  been  working  on  e.  camera 
for  the  pbotoalcrogxaphic  outfit  which  hr.  Greene  started. 
This  bug  work  will  bring  the  most  immediate  returns  of 
any, and  we  will  push  it. ' 

Tory  respectfully. 



Hr.  Edison :- 

Wa  have  finished  the  photographs  of  pulleys 
anil  made  about  300  feot  on  the  -Boss amor  convertor. 

Mr.  Warner  has  made  a  satisfactory  film  of  the 
House-fly  maggot  changing  to  pupa  -  which  makes  the  fly  film 
complete  enough  to  turn  over  to  the  studio,  though  we  hope 
to  add  some  details  fox  oduoatl  onnl  purposes  lator.  Plies 
are  not  vary  active  in  the  cool  weather  ana  we  oannot  work 
on  them  to  gooa  advantage  now.  But  ants  will  fight  as  well 
as  ever,  and  there  arc  many  other  things  not  seriouBly  affect¬ 
ed  that  will  keep  the  hug  department  busy. 

Ramsay  and  I  have  worked  on  the  developing 
machine  a  large  part  of  the  woek. 

Mr.  v/egel  was  upBet  for  about  throe  days  with 
toothache*  Mr.  Jones  spent  most  of  the  week  on  the  camera 
for  the  new  photomiorographio  outfit,  and  Allison  has  'seen 
on  a  vacation. 

Very  respectfully. 


Sept.  End,  1912 

pypnR'P  W.  W.  PIHWIDDIB 

Mr.  Edison: - 

Mr.  yjegel  has  made  a  photograph  of  the  water 
„«  >»M,.  ah..*.*  «.  ■»»»*»■  «*  ■1*»  «  tot,sr 
lng  sand  ripples. 

Mr.  Warner  has  photographed  the  caterpillar 
of  a  large  Oeoropla  moth  spinning  ooooonrflnishod  ooooon  die- 
sooted  showing  caterpillar  changing  to  papa,  caterpillar  of 
polyphemus  moth  feeding  and  the  caterpillar  of  silver  spotted 
shipper  building  lie  nest  of  leaves. 

We  are  making  magnets,  etc.  for  the  magnetic 


5!ho  large  electromagnet  was  found  to  he  In 
such  had  condition  that  we  are  reminding  It.  Joints  In  the 
ooils  seora  to  have  been  soldered  with' acid. 

BamsHy  and  I  have  put  In  most  of  the  week 

on  the  developing  raaohine. 

Very  respeotfully , 

Sept.  9,  191E 

eduoati  oral  series 

Report  W.  W. 

Mr.  Edison:- 

We  have  made  over  1400  feet  of  good  negative 
this  week,  including  194  feet  on  Mayer's  Floating  Magnets, 
whioh  was  made  over  because  the  one  we  made  last  week  had  a 
defect  in  the  film  stock. 

700  feet  of  the  above  is  on  magnetism  and 

about  570  feet  on  bugs  and  bees. 

We  are  taking  the  entomology  subjects  now 
that  will  not  be  obtainable  for  another  year,  and  collecting 
material  on  aquatic  larvae,  etc.  that  can  be  worked  on  in 
the  cold  weather. 

We  are  working  on  one  scenario  Whioh  will 
teach  a  novice  how  to  begin  bee-keeping',  and  another  which 
will  be  of  more  general  interest  and  could  be  used  in  the 

The  daily  reports  I  find  to  be  of  considerable 


We  will  try  to  have  a  film  on  magnetism  ready  to 
show  you  next  week. 

Very  respectfully, 

(jj.  Uo. 

Oct.  7th,  1912 



Report  W.  ,Y /.  Binwiddie 


We  have  about  1500  feet  of  good  film  this  week. 

About  385  feet  was  made  on  bugs,  and  476  feet 

on  bees. 

The  bee  films  are  finished  and  will  be  put  to- 
eether  with  titles  as  soon  as  possible  to  get  prints  an 
titles  made.  Y/e  were  not  able  to  get  a  picture  of  a  swarm 
this  season,  but  there  is  a  plenty  of  inter  eating  matter 
without  that.  Mr.  Fleming  has  taken  a  new  position  in 
New  York  today. 

We  have  retaken  about  85  feet  of  the  wave  machine 
and  have  very  much  improved  the  lighting  -  using  a  dark  background. 

We  have  made  390  feet  on  magnetism,  which  about 
•Finishes  all  on  permanent  magnets.  We  have  some  good  things 

thing  we  have  now. 

V/e  have  also  arranged  to  photograph  a  large  lift¬ 
ing  magnet  which  has  a  capacity  of  5  tons  in  a  s“Sle  PieC' e. 

This  is  used  with  a  locomotive  crane  in  a  scrap  yard  at 
Elizabeth,  II.  J. 

Titles  have  been  ordered  for  the  films  on  magne¬ 
tism.  and  v/e  can  show  you  about  S000  feet  as  soon  as  we  get 
the  titles. 

The  model  of  cream  separator  showing  the. mot ion  of 
the  liquids  in  the  bowl  has  been  finished  and  photographed 
fl75  feet).  This  lias  been  a  difficult  thing  to  Bhow,  hut 
ie  have  learned  a  number  of  tricks  that  will  help  us  on  other 
things.  The  motion  of  the  liquids  is  shown  by  small  lound 
shot  made  of  resin  1  m/m  in  diameter  suspended  in  a  salt 
solution  of  the  same  specific  gravity.  The  resin  is  slightly 

Wo  kind  of  glass  model  will -give  us  any  tr  ouble  now, 
as  we  have  found  a  strong  cement  that  holds  indefinitely  in 
water.  It  is  sealing  wal  -  equal  parts  shellac,  resin  and 
Venice  turpentine. 

Oct.  21,  1912 


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Report  W.  W.  Dinwiddle. 

Mr.  Edison:- 

We  have  about  1190  feet  of  good  film  this 

Ant  Battles  and  individual  combatants  highly  magnified 

Other  Ant  Subjects  - 

Potatoe  Beetle  - - 

Silver  Spotted  Skipper  ready  to  pupate 

Magnetic  property  of  nickel  - - 

Bar  and  Horseshoe  electromagnets  - 

Magnetic  Ore  Separator  - 

Wave  Machine  - - 

We  have  completed  the  new  camera  stand  to  look 
down  on  subjects  at  various  angles. 

The  camera  stand  started  by  Dr.  Greene  for 
microscopic  work  is  about  done.  This  work  waB  delayed  on 
account  of  having  to  design  and  build  a  camera  for  it.  When 
this  machine  is  finished  we  will  experiment  with  it  on  the 
third  floor  to  see  if  we  can  insulate  it  from  disastrous 
vibration;  if  we  can  do  so,  all  of  this  work  can  be  done 
upstairs,  and  the  "cubby  holes"  in  the  galvanometer  room 
may  be  cleaned  out. 

We  expect  to  have  the  titles  ready  to 
show  you  about  2000  feet  on  magnetism  by  Tuesday  night. 

The  boe  positive  has  been  printed, 
will  be  a  week  or  ten  flays  before  we  have  the  titles. 

Yery  respectfully, 

Oct.  28,  1912. 



Report  W.  W.  Dinwiddle.  J  '  ■*’  ' 

We  have  made  this  week  262  feet  on 
magnetism,  613  feet  on  bugs,  88  feet  on  the  eleotrio 
aro  and  have  retaken  235  feet  on  the  water-wave  machine , 
which  finishes  that  subjeot. 

We  have  prepared  a  number  of  experiments 
on  effects  of  eleotrio  current.  We  have  selected  100 
cells  of  storage  battery  from  some  250  old  cells ,  and 
have  cleaned  them  and  put  them  in  good  order  for  our 
work.  We  are  connecting  them  up  with  a  simple  wooden 
mercury  cup  switch-board  to  give  us  any  combination  we 
want . 

We  are  keeping  busy  and  working  to 
advantage,  but  we  are  not  making  the  progress  on 
taking  the  pictures  that  we  would  if  this  matter  of 
moving  partitions  and  rearranging  did  not  keep  us  so 

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Sutley,  5.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  till  of  November  1st  has  teen  nent 
to  mo  for  approval. 

There  was  a  per  foot  understending  at  all 
times  that  you  were  glad  of  the  opportunity  to  do  this  worlc. 
You  tola  me  at  tho  beginning  that  yon  haa  the  hoes  ana  it 
would  cost  ur,  nothing* 

You  <lioi  this  work  at  your  own  suggestion 
and  at  different  times  while  it  was  going  on  you  told  me 
how  glad  you  were  to  do  it  for  your  own  experience.  You  ■ 
told  me  that  you  raised  the  queens  for  the  job  ana  you 
took  them  before  fertilization. 

You  certainly  hit  lit.  the  observation  hive 
at  our  exponse,  and  all  the  work  was  done  in  our  time. 

Under  the  e  ironing  tar.oos  and  in  considera¬ 
tion  of  the  fact  that  this  is  the  first  mention  you  have 
made  of  anv  loss,  or  of  expecting  any  pay  outside  nryynur 
salary,  now  two  weeks  since  you  left  here,  I  cannot  O.K. 
your  hill  for  fifty  dollars. 

Very  truly  yours , 


Report  W.  VJ.  Dinwiddie. 

Mr.  Edison:- 

We  have  made  this  weok  380  feet  on  bugs, 

60  feet  on  waves,  66  feet  on  effects  of  eleotrio  currents, 
and  150  feet  on  hydrostatics  -  total  656  feet  - 

We  have  the  storage  batteries  connected 
up  ready  to  use  and  have  prepared  a  number  of  experiments 
to  photograph. 

About  120  hours  has  been  put  on  the  gold 
plating  machines  for  disc  records. 

Tearing  dovm  partitions  and  moving  has  cut 
down  our  efficiency  considerably. 


Very  respectfully, 

(A/,  l\A  1. 

Rov.  11,  1912 

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Report  by  V?.  W.  Binwiaaie. 



Mr.  Eaison:- 

We  have  maae  this  week  285  feet  on  tugs.'  059  feet  on 
effects  of  electric  ourrent  ana  60  feet  on  ocean  waves  -  Sana  ripples 

on  ooean  teach,  total  704  feet. 

We  nsea  a  3/8  inch  copper  wire  carrying  about  850  amperes 

to  «*.  ill*  a  •*»  •«*»««  o»»»t.  «»»  tb.  Wi« 

......  vertically  thru  tb.  *•••  P^4*  4M 

lMU«  out  to  .toot  18  1Mb..  «1-4-  «“  b»olo.»« 

we  nsea  5  a.  wire  nails  which  cling  arounl  it  in  hunches. 

We  have  finishe!  the  four  new  goia  plating  machines  for 
aiso  recoras  -  we  put  about  58  hours  on  them  this  week. 

We  have  the  room  all  arrange!  now  an!  have  work  lai!  out 
fo,  each  camera  so  we  expect  to  show  oonsiaerable  improvement  next 

Mr.  Wfigel  is  making  a  trip  each  Suniay  to  some  local 
b.aob  to  s.t  tbs  ocean  ».v.  «*•  at 

Atlantic  City. 

Very  respectfully,' 

7\ov.J^,lcl»'2-  (jO.UTDW^i^iuL. 

Hep or t  -  W.  W.  Dinwiaaie. 

Mr.  Eaison: 

We  have  maae  about  1608  feet  of  film 
this  week  as  follows; 

Ocean  waves  . 

Bugs  . 

Hyarostatios  . 

Magnetism  . 

Magnetism  -  retaken  . 

Effeots  of  Eleotrloal  Current 







TOTAL  -  1608 

The  cabbage  butterfly  was  photographea  emerging  from  the 
chrysalis  which  makes  this  subjeot  complete.  This  will 
be  arrangea  to  be  shown  with  titles  as  soon  as  possible. 

We  have  several  other  bug  subjects  nearly  complete  whioh 
we  will  put  together  with  titles  now,  as  they  cannot  be 
finishea  this  year.  We  expect  to  be  able  to  show  you  the 
two  bee  films  by  tomorrow  night. 

Very  respectfully, 


Nov.  25,  1912. 


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West  Orange 
New  Jersey. 

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I  have  been  intensely  i 
three  years  in  your  development  o 
adapt  it  for  use  in  our  publio  sohool s.  ■  — 

Company ,  of  whi ah  I  have  the  honor  to  be  president ,  has  ^ 
in  the  sohool  field  ever  sinoe  its  organization  a 
with  remarkable  suooess,  largely  due,  we  believe, 
that  itB  publications  have  presented,  as  nearly  e 
sible  to  do  so  in  book  form,  the  ideas  which  you  expeot  to^ 
bring  so  graphically  before  teaohers  and  pupils  by  means  o' 
the  moving  picture. 

I  am  led  to  inquire  whether  y 
arrangements  as  yet  for  the  marketing  o 
is  ready  for  distribution.  If  you  hav 

afford  me  muoh  pleasure  to  have  a  oonferenoe  with  you  at  any 
time  .and  plaoe  you  might  suggest,  for  the  purpose  of  going  ov 
the  situation  fully.  We  knon  this  particular  sohool  field  a 
well  as  any  one  in  the  country,  and  we  have  unusual  facilities 
for  bringing  anything  worth-while  before  the  proper  authorities 
We  dispose  of  almost  two  million  dollaro'  worth  of  books  of  a 
speoial  nature  every  year  to  teachers  and  to  parents  of  boys 
and  girls  of  sohool  age. 

berty  of  forwarding  you,  with  our 

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PRAOTIOAL  REFERENCE  LIBRARY,  a  work  which  has  attained  a  sale  o 
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preoedented  sale  we  attribute  largely  to  the  fact  that  the  books 
oontain  the  essential  information  in  dear,  simple  language  and 
enhanoed  by  a  great  number  of  graphio  illustrations  bringing  be¬ 
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remember  oonoerning  the  subject  in  question. 

I  trust,  Mr.  Edison,  that  you  will  not  olass  us  with  the 
ordinary  subscription  book  publication.  Wo  feel  that  our  publioa- 
tion  is  as  far  removed  from  that  olass  as  a  First  National  Bank 
from  a  pawnbroker’s  chop. 

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Report - W.  W.  Dinwiddle. 

Mr.  Edison: 

We  have  made  about  1278  feet  of  film  this 
week,  as  follows: 

Bugs  . . .465  feet 

EffectB  of  Eleotrio  Current . 238  " 

Magnetism  (Retaken) . 126  " 

Bessemer  Converter  (Retaken) . 450 


.1278  " 

The  hug  films  made  this  week  are  on  mlorosoopio 
pond-life.-  Rotifer,  showing  method  of  locomotion,  and  highly 
magnified,  showing  how  he  unfolds  himself.  A  large  number  of 
rotifers  and  similar  organisms  are  shown  in  a  drop  of  water. 
Paramofoium,  and  Spiroohaete  Pallida  were  isolated  and  photo¬ 
graphed  separately. 

The  compass  needle  has  been  retaken,  showing 
points  of  canpass  arranged  as  on  a  map  -  with  North  at  top. 

The  words  "North",  "South",  "East"  and  "West"  were  used,  and 
not  abbreviated. 

Very  respectfully. 

Deo.  9,  1912. 

Mr.  William  Park,  Principal, 
Brantford  Public  SchoolB, 
Eranchford,  Ontario. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter-  of  December  Bixth  has  been 
referred  to  me  for  attention. 

I  have  read  thiB  letter  with  considerable 


Mr.  Edison  follows'  the  invariable  rule  that 
he  will  not  alio-  hiB  name  to  be  attached  to  any  instrument 
which  he  himself  has  not  invented.  On  the  b&hdr  hand,  he., 
is  very  much  interested  in  the  description,  of  the  mstruB 
ment,  and  would  be  very  glad  to  see  you  and  to  discuss 
the  matter  with  you.  We  might  be  able  to  ubb  the  instru- 
ment  in  connection  with  our  school  pictures  for  the  educat¬ 
ion  of  the  young. 


Minutes  of  the  Eirst  Meeting 
of  the 

Educational  Committee 
Held  December  24th 
at  3:00  I*.  U. 

In  the  Executive  Committee  Room. 

Committee  desires  as  much  information  ooncerning 
Mr.  Edison's  educational  pictures  as  Mr.  Edison  is  willing  to  confide 
to  it  at  present,  and  an  invitation  will  be  extended  to  Mr.  Hutchison 
to  attend  the  next  meeting  and  give  such  information  as  Hr.  Edison 
is  willing  to  have  divulged. 

With  reference  to  the  fifty  educational  subjects 
selected  from  old  releases,  Mr.  Pelzer  reported  that  twenty- five  are 
being  printed.  He  will  endeavor  to  get  Mr.  Call's  permission  to  run 
the  master  positives  of  the  remaining  twenty-five  for  Mr.  Ives'  in¬ 

.  Mr.  Maxwell  mentioned  plan  of  attempting  to  get 

geography  pictures  in  connection  with  our  advertising  pictures  for 
manufacturers  and  railroads.  Question  whether  Mr.  Edison  is  ready 
to  have  us  Btart  on  this.  Decided  that  Mr.  Maxwell  would  prepare 
complete  draft  of  plan  to  be  submitted  to  Messrs.  Edison  &  Wilson. 

Mr.  Ireton  reported  orders  for  seventy-five 
school  machines  and  9953  educational  records.  Discounts  are  thought 
to  be  curtailing  sale  of  machines.  Increased  selling  effort  thought 
devisable.  Speoial  meeting  to  be  held  on  26th  if  Mr.  Ives'  attend¬ 
ance  can  be  secured  then. 

Details  on  following  page . 

"  :  ■'  ■  ;  ■: 

„f  Mr.  Bolheer  inquired  what. progress  is  being 

made  with  the  epeoial.  educational  'pictures/  Mr1.  Polzer  reported 
that  this  work  was  in  Mr  .>  Edison's  hands  /nd  tfyat _ he  did  not  kpow 
its  statue.  It  was  the  opiniop  of  :the..Ce&mittee  that  ite  members 
ought'  to  he  informed  on1  this '  subj  eot^&sW* /  Mi^on^conBidere  ad¬ 
visable  and  ■  it'  was:  therefore’  decided;  that  .an  invitation  be  ■ ex¬ 
tend  edioUr.,  Hu  to  hi  so  n.  to^atterid.  fhe  .nekt  meetlhB  of  this_Com- 
mittee  aiid  that' he  he-’adTiWed 'ih;advanoe.  of  pur  ..desire..  to  have  a 
renoft  ^'^th^eduoatiohal'' filmp:  that  -are,  in  of,  preparation 
in^the'  MabVra’tojryi  eb ®®?j2pad 
ence  with  Mr.'- Edison  to  give  ;us;’ae  °J"®*dered 

expedient  at  -this  ..tljax-e.*  Mr  v  Mol?erv.reportB;  oOno,erning- the  fifty 
euh  1  eo ta  seieo ted  by  'Mr'V:'XveB.if;rpm; previous  r^leaepfl ••  as  _  suitable*  ,f or 
an  educational  catalog  thnt.Vtwenty-f  ive  d?  theee ,  aubjeots  are.  being 
itVd^dentT '%e  x^aihiri|^twenty-f£ve.  Ofe  thereahout^  have 

m  and  it  eiideayor^to.  get  Mr . . 

Mr .  Maxwell 'brought  ,up;.  the  /^jieetion:  of  utiiif  ing 
Advertising  picturee  in  connection  with  Mr,  udipon  e  cc 
fleography., picture b..  Me  thought  vit.;  would  be, possible  to,  -----  _ 

■  dhow  ~ in  large'  part  the  typography  of' the  country  traversed  by  such 
railroad. 'Mto' 

neceaeary  letters  to  te  "submitted’, toM Ms.Edison  for  approval. 

Ur . ' Iretbn  reported  that  we ’have  received  or- 
'.1  ■m-£} ' '  'tiviintviif ivtf 'iUh'tfol'  jdWihihhB ' hut  thue' .far,  hate  Chipped  ’but .  • 
''  fiveV'  Mr  .  DpiTjeer,  ’suggested/t^t^theMoi^ 

report  thb :4aBbh:;f6^theVdeiay 

f erred  to  sell  \the’  ^riumph^maohine  inptead  of  th}®.  e*f°  ial JJ°hool 

model.-vowing.  intireiy^tP'rthe/'differenpei,  in  prtfitv':  i>*oided^that  a 

,  speo ial  meetitig'Of 1  this , Commit  tee-be  heldon  -Thursday the,  26th,  *t 
3:00  P.  M.  £ r o tided  Mr i  IvbS'  .  attendance  oan'he  seoured  at  that i time. 

Copies  to  ail  Committee  meMUjers  «L.«n . 

and  Messrs.  Edison  arid  Wilson. 

/2/s y/S. 

Mr.  Edison:- 

Messrs.  Wanner  &  Zappe  bare  made  about  450  feet 
on  Eainbow Troat  eggs  hatching  and  young  trout,  and  finished 
oopying  the  magnified  details  of  the  honey  bee. 

Bamsay  has  started  on  the  magnified  details  of 
house  fly  with  the  phot omi orographic  camera.  These  photos  will 
all  be  taken  a  standard  size  -  the  same  as  the  positives  used  in 
making  the  small  slides  for  the  Home  P.  K.  Ten  pictures  Bhould 
be  made  on  eaoh  subject  to  complete  a  set  for  the  H.P.K.  lad  era 
slide.  It  is  a  very  simple  matter  to  copy  such  positives  for 
the  short  sections  of  Motion  Picture  film  needed,  and  the  results 
are  muoh  better  than  when  they  are  taken  direot  on  M.  P.  Film. 

Mr.  Plunkett  has  been  dropped.  He  had  very  good 
ideas  about  writing  up  scenarios  for  the  bug  subjects ,  and  he  was 
interested  in  the  work,  but  for  good  reasons  he  was  impossible 
to  have  around. 

This  bug  work  has  been  very  difficult  to  get 
done  as  it  should  be.  The  nature  of  the  work  requires  that  the 
men  be  allowed  to  use  their  own  judgment  more  than  with  the 
Physios,  etc. 

I  have  tried  to  keep  in  touch  with  it  by  daily 
reports,  and  have  tried  to  keep  it  as  close  as  possible  to 
scenarios  but  they  would  get  started  on  something  which  "would 
spoil  if  they  did  not  take  it  at  once ,  and  they  would  either  have 
to  take  that  or  nothing  as  other  subjects  were  not  ready."  I 
have  a  system  of  looking  over  all  of  the  negative  as  soon  as  I 
oan  get  it.  The  men  develop  it  at  the  film  plant  and  leave  a 
list  of  pieces  developed,  giving  me  a  oopy  of  the  list.  When 
I  get  them  at  the  film  plant  I  receipt  for  them  on  their  memoran¬ 
dum,  but  I  have  been  unable  to  get  bug  pictures  developed  promptly. 

Messrs.  Briggs  and  Jones  have  been  working  on 
the  films  on  effects  of  eleotric  current  this  week  to  get  them 
into  final  shape.  When  this  subject  was  first  started  I  made  a 
list  of  the  experiments  to  be  shown,  had  the  apparatus  made  for 
eaoh  experiment  and  the  man  to  whom  it  was  given  to  photograph  would 
work  up  a  soenario  of  this  single  experiment  in  minute  detail  re¬ 
hearsing  it  with  the  apparatus  many  times.  We  would  then  go 
over  it  together  and  make  ohanges  until  it  seemed  to  be  0.  K.  be¬ 
fore  it  was  phonofcraphed. 

The  same  plan  is  being  followed  on  the  subjects 
of  hydrostatics  and  wave  motion. 

We  have  mounted  and  adjusted  the  mlorosoope  on 
the  photomiorographio  outfit  started  by  Dr..  Oppeen.  The  long 
bellows  for  it  is  being  made.  When  it  is  done  the  instrument 
be  ready  to  ubo. 


I  will  prepare  a  memorandum  showing  the  status  of 
all  the  negativesmade  this  year,  and  whether  positives  have 
heen  printed  from  them,  eto. 

Very  respeotfully, 

to.  i\J.' 

Deo.  30,  1912. 

Harper  &  Brothers 

New  Yomt  Sc  London 

Pdanhun  Sqimie, New  Yomt 
December  30,  1912 

Dear  Ur.  Edison: 

You  did  me  and  the  New  England 
Society  a  very  great  favor  in  allowing 
me  to  ehow  the  two  films, ----Colonial 
Day3  and  Ways  and  Crystal  Building  at 
their  recent  Forefathers'  Day  Banquet, 
and  I  wish  to  assure  you  I  appreciate  it. 
They  made  a  great  hit,  especially  the 
latter-— beat  the  speeches  all  out. 

You  filled  Judge  Lindsay  so 
full  of  spiritual  hydrogen  the  day  he 
was  out  that  I  had  to  hold  him  down  with 
a  cold  after  we  left .  No  man  in  the 
country  could  appreciate  better  than  he 
the  value  of  teaching  "movies." 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 


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We  have  made  about  1419  feet  of  film  this  week 

as  follows: 

Effeot  of  eleotrlo  current  — — - — 

Magnetism - - - 

Magnetism  retaken - - — - -  82 

Hydraulic  press  - - - 

Pulleys  -  completing  subject.  - 

Gears  10-40  teeth  retaken - —  78 

Bugs  - - 

retaken  160  new - ~ 1259 


Total-  1419 

We  have  applied  much  time  this  week  toward  get¬ 
ting  what  we  have  in  as  good  shape  as  possible.  All  of  the 
magnetism  positives  have  been  gone  over  and  the  parts  retaken 
and  the  new  parts  inserted  in  their  proper  places  to  agree 
with  the  original  scenario. 

We  have  the  Pulley  titles  finished  and  posi¬ 
tives  will  be  printed  of  all  the  scenes  this  wek. 

We  have  positives  of  all  the  water  wave  soenes 
that  were  betaken  with  blaok  background. 

I  will  put  them  together  myself  sometime  t\\e 
coming  week  as  Mr.  Wegel  is  no  longer  here. 

The  new  Bdsstmer  Converter  will  be  ready  with 
titles  today.  The  larger  type  on  the  signs  make  it  much  better 
than  the  old  one. 

The  "Cabbage  Butterfly"  will  also  be  ready  today. 

The  Bee  films  were  projected  for  Mr.  Plimpton 
and  he  seleoted  with  me  the  soenes  which  he  thought  suitable 
for  the  regular  release.  I  have  written  a  scenario  for  them 
whioh  lnoludes  the  new  magnified  details  which  will  be  oomplet- 

ed  today.  The  Duplioate  negatives  are  being  made  at  the 
film  plant. 

I  have  attaohed  a  oopy  of  my  eoenario  to  this  report 
Mr.  Plimpton  expeots  to  shorten  some  of  the  soenes  and  I 
have  made  the  titles  very  fall  so  that  he  may  abridge  them 
to  suit  himself. 

Very  respectfully, 



Report  W.  W. 

Dinwiddle .  ^ 


We  have  made  about  1319  feet  of  film  this 
week  as  follows: 

Bugs . 782  feet 

Effects  of  Electric  Current.. 100  " 

Pulleys... . 437  " 

*  Total . 1319  feet 

All  of  the  experiments  on  effeot  of  elec¬ 
tric  ourrent  mentioned  in  Ganot's  Physics  exoept  the 
electric  furnace  and  Galvani's  experiment  with  frog 
legs,  have  been  photographed. 

The  seonario  on  Pulleys  was  written  last 
July  and  we  photographed  several  partB  of  it,  hut  did 
not  have  enough  lights  then  to  give  the  subject  a  dark 

Magnetism  has  been  completed  exoept  for 
photographs  of  the  large  lifting  magnet  outside,  effeot 
of  heating  a  magnet  red  hot,  and  Terrestrial  Magnetism. 

Static  Electricity  has  not  been  touohed 
on,  and  there  are  a  number  of  experiments  on  Eleotrioity 
in  motion  which  include  electrical  measurement  and  connect 
ourrent  with  statio  eleotrioity. 

Induced  currents  will  be  taken  up 


The  above  classification  is  that  of 
Millilfcan  &  GaieB'  Physics,  which  is  the  book  used  in 
nearly  all  of  the  high-schoolB  of  the  country.  By  fol¬ 
lowing  this  general  arrangement,  the  films  will  fit  the 
present  school  oourses,  tho  the  films  are  much  more  com¬ 

We  have  about  completed  all  of  the 
apparatus  for  the  subjeot  of  hydrostatics.  Some  of  this 
has  been  photographed,  but  there  are  other  experiments 
to  be  shown  which  overlap  each  other  in  the  principles 
they  teach,  and  we  want  to  rehearse  them  very  oarefully 


altogether  to  see  how  they  can  best  be  presented. 

This  subject  like  a  number  of  others 
in  the  firBt  fundamentals  of  physios,  is  very  difficult 
to  treat. 

Most  of  the  text-books  use  apparatus  to 
show  the  fundamental  principles  of  hydrostatios  which 
requires  the  pupil  to  assume  things  less obvious  than 
the  principle  the  apparatus  is  designed  to  demonstrate. 

We  have  a  number  of  experiments  on 
hydraulics  nearly  in  shape. 

We  are  doing  this  work  very  systematically, 
and  I  am  sure  you  will  not  be  disappointed  in  it. 

Very  respectfully. 


Mr.  Edison:- 

We  have  photographed  the  centrifugal  drier 
and  centrifuge,  bringing  the  total  on  c entaKugal  force  up 
to  621  feet  without  titles. 

Mr.  Wegel  has  made  th^ee  more  films  on  water 

Mr.  Warner  has  photographed  oyolops  and 
rotifer,  maggot  of  housefly  changing  to  pupa ,  housefly^ 
emerging  from  pupa  and  wings  expanding 
been  giving  great  assistance 
a  large  amount  of  bug  materU 

_ cj.  _ Plunkett  has 

.this  work  and  is  oolleoting 
to  work  on  in  the  winter. 

Ihe  aubjoc/s  which  we  have  made  enough  on 
for  s  film, with ,  perhaps,  dr  little  outside  work, are  as  follows: 

Crystals  -  Aver  1000  feet 

Mosquito  -  /421  feet  sent  to  Studio 

House-fly  -  *  over  600  feet 

Pumps  -  1000  feet  including  titles 

Sear  WheelB -  676  feet  without  titles 

Centrifugal  force  -  621  feet  without  titles. 

A  film  may  be  put  together  to  show  various 
forms  of  pond  life. 

We  will  soon  have  enough  for  a  very  inter¬ 
esting  film  on  water  waves. 

I  have  a  senario  for  a  film  on  "the  air" 
which  should  proceed  the  one  on  pumps.  The  subject  of 
atmospheric  pressure,  vacuum,  etc.  is  not  generally  under¬ 
stood;  while  difficult  to  explain  ordinarily,  I  think  the 
motion  pictures  will  make  things  quite  clear. 

Mr.  Plunkett  is  working  on  the  senario 
you  suggested  -  "Struggles  of  Mature". 

We  have  had  senarios  for  all  of  the  subjects 
worked  on,  and  thoughMlgnhave  had  to  modify  some  of  them  dur¬ 
ing  the  work,  they  have^Said  out  in  advance  as  far  as  possible. 

lately,  I  have  been  able  to  accomplish  com¬ 
paratively  little  myself,  having  to  try  out  about  seven  new  men. 
Mr.  Thuratone  was  not  atall  suited^ tooths  work  so  I  let  him 
go.  Mr.  Jones 


,  Mr.  Wegel  and  Mr.  Plunkett  will  make  good. 

Very  respectfully,  fjjt 


k/ 1  iu~.  i  </y  . 

3  3  /h/,  V&vvun^s  CUajSL- 

C^r-CtyuUjL, _ _ 

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This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining 
to  the  authorized  and  unauthorized  use  of  Edison's  name  for  advertising, 
trademark,  and  other  purposes. 

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This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
foreign  and  domestic  patent  applications,  assignments,  litigation,  and 
legislation.  Included  are  statements  of  invention  by  H.  H.  Meno  Kammerhoff 
concerning  the  technical  development  of  Edison's  storage  battery  and  its 
application  to  portable  lamps  and  miners'  safety  lamps.  There  are  also  items 
pertaining  to  proposed  changes  in  U.S.  patent  and  tariff  laws,  including  a 
questionnaire  from  the  President's  Commission  on  Economy  and  Efficiency 
regarding  improvements  in  the  U.S.  Patent  Office. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  receipts,  letters  of  inquiry,  routine  correspondence 
concerning  patent  attorneys  and  standing  accounts,  and  documents  that 
duplicate  information  in  selected  material. 

January  26th,  1912, 

Thorns  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Menlaus  Park,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  represent  the  Creamery  Package  Mfg,  Company  of  this  city. 

This  company  has  been  declared  a  trust  by  the  Supreme  Court  of  Minnesota 
(case  reported,  110  Minn.,  415). 

An  appeal  from  the  judgment  in  that  case  is  pending  in  the  U.S. 
Supreme  Court.  Said  company  has  also  been  sued  under  the  Sherman  Act 
which  case  went  to  the  U.  S.  Circuit  Court  of  Appeals,  for  the  8th 
District  (179  Fed.,  115),  in  which  case  the  court  held  we  were  not  liable. 
An  appeal  from  that  judgment  is  also  pending  in  the  U.  S.  Supreme  Court. 

If  we  are  liable  as  a  trust,  it  is  solely  because  of  our  pur¬ 
chasing  letters  patents  controlling  combined  churns  and  butter  workers, 
which  were  made  by  our  competitors. 

The  case  will  be  fairly  presented  as  to  whether  or  not  a  mono¬ 
poly  (assuming  now  we  were  one)  can  be  built  up  by  the  purchase  of  letters 
aptents,  so  as  to  be  within  the  provisions  of  the  Sherman  Anti-Trust  Act. 

I  want  to  use  in  the  course  of  argument,  the  statement  that  it 
was  common  practice  for  parties  engaged  in  a  particular  line  of  business 
to  acquire  all  patents  allied  to  the  particular  articles  manufactured  by 
them.  While-  this  in  itself  is  not  determinative  of  the  case,  in  one  phase 
it  will  be  very  material  matter. 

The  object  of  this  letter  is  to  ascertain  whether  or  not  you 
will  give  me  the  number  of  letters  patent,  approximately .  which  your 
various  companies^own  relating  to  the  articles  manufactured  by  them. 

I  probably  could  get  some  idea  of  the  number  of  having  a  special 
search  made  in  the  patent  office  at  Washington,  but  I  presume  many  patents 


while  assigned,  have  nob  had  the  assignment  recorded.  This,  however, 
will  be  an  expensive  process,  which  I  would  like  to  avoid,  if  I  can. 

I  can  appreciate  the  fact  that  there  may  be  objections  to  your 
giving  me  this  information,  and  if  there  is,  I  will  appreciate  the 
courtesy  just  as  much  as  though  you  had  given  me  the  information. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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Thomas  A.  Edisonjnc. 


Orange  ,N.J.,TJ.S.  A. 

Edison.  Phonographs  and  Records 
A  Edison  Primary  Batteries 

IfediAonKinetoscopes  andMotion  Picture  Films 
'  Edison  Business  Phonographs 

March  22,  .  19: 

Mr.'  Thomas  A.  .Edison, 

Port  Myers,  Florida, 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Ji  conference  was  hold  last  — u~-  _-y -  . 

..representatives  were  present  from  the  following  concerns  j 
interested  in  the  marketing  of  patented  goods  subject  to. 

I&ght  ElQwhiclZ^-j 

lioense  restrictions  as  to  use  and  sale:- 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino.  , 

.  Victor  Talking  Machine  Co. , 

Columbia  Phonograph  Co. , 

Motion  Picture  Patents  Co.,. 

Robert  H.  Xngersoll  &  Bro. , 

Waltham  Watch  Co.  , 

Waterman  Pen  Co. , 

.Gillette  Safety  Razor  Co.  , 
and  'others. 

■  Most  of  these  representatives  have  kept  close 
watch  Of  the  situation  since  the  decision  of  the  Supreme 
Court  in  the,  and  every  ono  has  a  strong  impres¬ 
sion  that  efforts  will  be , made  to  so  amend  the  patent  law 
as  to  prevent  the  imposition  of  lioense  conditions  in 
connection  with  the  sale  of  patented  goods.  It  was  the 
.concensus  of  .opinion  that  while  every  effort  should  be 
made  to  resist  any  attempt  to  amend  the  patent  law,  yet 
if  tho  sentiment  in  favor  of  amendment  proved  to  be  over¬ 
whelming,  we  should  seek  to  minimize  the  soope  of  the 


Mr.  B'nomas  A.  Edison-  2. 

change  as  much  as  possible. 

Chore  are  four  classes  of  licenses  which  have 
developed  in  recent  years  in  connection  with  the  sale  of 
patented  goods  as  follows: 

■  i.  Where  the  condition  applies  to  articles 
entirely  outside  of  the  patent.  An  example  of  this  form 
of  license  .is  where  the  Goneral  Electric  Co.>  refused  to 
sell .patented  Mazda  lamps  to  customers  who  would  riot  agree 
to  purchase  all  their  oarhon  filament  lamps  from  them. 

Also  the  shoe  Machinery  Co.,  which  refused,  to  sell  patented 
machines  unless  the  customers  agreed  to.  "buy  unpatented 
•machines  from  them.  Also ,  in: our  own  case ,  where  we 
rofuse  to  . sell  cylinder  machines  to  dealers  who  handle 
cylinder  machines  of  other  makes. 

2.  Where  the  lioenso  conditions  relate  to 
supplies  or  accessories  for  use  with’a  patented  invention 
hut  capable  of  other  uBes.  An  example  of  this  sort  is 
the  Dick  case ,■ where  the  stencil  paper  and  ink  could  he 
used  with  other  forms  of  duplicating  machines  and  for  other 

3.  Where  the  conditions  relate  to  a  removable 
part  of  the  patented  invention  or  to  on  aooessory  which  can 
he  used  only  with  the  patented  invention.  An  example  of 
this  class  is  the  Gillette  Co. ,  which  sells  its  razors  only 
upon  tho  condition  that  blades  furnished  by  the  company 
shall  be  used  therewith. 

4.  Where  the  conditions  apply  directly  to  the 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  3. 

patented  article,  us,  for  example,  a  fixed  price  as  a 
limitation  upon  the  right  to  sell  or  a  similar  restriction 
upon  the  right  to  use. 

It  was  agreed  that  the  third  and  fourth  class  of 
restrictions  we  re  the  ones  in  which  manufacturers  are  vital¬ 
ly  interested  and  that  the  fourth  olass..was  more  important 
than  the  third. 

Every  effort  possible  should  he  made  to  prevent 
any  amendment  that  interferes  with  any  of  the.  license  con¬ 
ditions,  because  if  amendments  are  once  started  they  may  be. 
later  on  greatly  extended.  But  if  the  politicians  in 
Washington  cannot  be  turned  aside,  they  should  at  least  be 
persuaded  not  to  touch  conditions  in  the  third  and  fourth 

It  is  rumored  that  the  Attorney  General  is  seeking 
to  have  the  defendant  in  the  Dick  case  ask  for  a  re-hearing, 
but  if  a  re-hearing  is  granted  I  doubt  if  the  result  is 
changed.  The  two  additional  Justices  who  would  hear  the 
case  would  be  Day. and  Pitney,,  but  from  the  decisions  these 
men  have  handed  down  in  other  cases,  there  is  no  reason  to 
believe  that  they  would  sido  with  Chief  Justice  White.  It 
would  certainly  be  very  unlikely  that  both  of  these  Justices 
would  join  with  the  Chief  Justice  and  theroby  reverse  the 
present  decision  by  a  vote  of  five  to  four.  Therefore, 
there  does  not  seem  to  be  at  present  imminent  danger  from 
an  application  for  a  re-hearing,  and  in  fact,  if  the  case 
were  re-heard  the  situation  might  be  strengthened.  The 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-.  4. 

danger  is  in  some  new  law  that  might  he  rushed  through 
Congress,  and  if  that  were  done  I  believe  the  President 
would  sign  it,  because ,  as  I  have  told  you,  I  have  seen  a 
copy  of  a  letter  written  by  Hr.  Taft  in  which  he  says  that  he 
may  have  gone  too  far  in  the  Button  Fastener  case—  the  de¬ 
cision  upon  which  all  of  this  law  is  based.  At  the  present 
time  it  is  understood  that  Mr.  V/ielcersham  is  preparing  some 
sort  of  .  a  Bill,,  the  Commissioner  of  Patents  is  preparing 
another  bill,  Hr.  littleton  of  Hew  York  is  preparing  a  third 
bill  and  vario\is  members  of  Congress  of  more  or  loss  prominence 
are  preparing  bills  of  their  own. 

The  agitation  in  favor  of  amendment  seems  to  be  con¬ 
fined  to  the  politicians  and  newspapers,  but  the  activities 
of  the  newspapers,  after  the  first  flash,  appear  to  be  dying 
out.  Fortunately  for  us  there  appears  to  be  no  definite 
coherent  public  demand  for  a  ‘change;,  there  is  no  organized 
force  behind  it;  there  is  no  body  of  mon  or  political  party 
which  .wants  it;  the  labor  Unions  do  not  ask  for  it.  This  . 
being  so,  it  ought  to  be  possible  to  bring  enough  pressure  to 
bear  to  counteract  the  activities  of  the  politicians. 

•  A  prominent  politician  said  to  me  the  other  day 
that  a  number  of  President  Taft’s  close  political  friends 
had  told  him  vory  strongly  that  Mr.  Wicker sham' s  activities 
were  hurtful  to  the  Administration  and  that  nothing  ought  to 
be  done  until  after  the  eleotion,  so  that  this  may  hold  off 
the  activities  of  the  Department  of  Justice  and  the  latent 
Offioe.  If  so,  then  any  amendments  might  bo  limited  to  the 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  5.  . 

efforts  of  the  Democrats  as  a  purely  party  measure,  which 
might  have  difficulty  in  passing  the  Senate  and  might  he 
vetoed  hy  the  President. 

In  order  to  offset  any  activity  of  the  Democrats 
or  the  politicians  in  general  if  the  attempt  is  made-  to  mulco 
the  matter  non-partizah,  I  think  we  have  a  very  strong  leverage 
.in  the  thousands  of  retailors  throughout  the  country  who  handle 
patented  goods  subject  to  restrictions;' and  it  was  agreed  that 
tho  several  manufacturers  should  interest  their  dealers  in 
this  proposition  and  have  them  write  their  Congressman,  op¬ 
posing  any  amendment;  In  our  own  case  I  will  do  this  as 
quietly  as  possible  by  having  pur  traveling  men  explain 
the  sitation  to  our  jobbers  and  have  the  jobbers'  traveling 
men  in  turn  explain  the  situation  to  the  dealers.  This 
ought  to  result  in  a  good  many  thousand  letters'  to  Congressmen, 
which  I  believe  will  have  a  very  wholesome  effect. 

I  believe  the  inventors  of  the  country- are  also 
vitally  interested  in  this  proposition,  and  I  proposed  that 
some  outside  -body—  for  example,  the  latent  law  Association 
of  '7ashington —  should  send  out  circulars  to  all ‘inventors 
asking  them  -to  also  cooperate  and  write  to  their  Congressmen. 
This  would  also  mean  many  more  thousand  letters. 

personally  I  think  the  manufacturers  should  keep 
as  much  in  the  background  as  possible  and  that  the  opposition 
to  any  change  in  the  patent  law  should  come  from  the  small 
retailers  all  through  the  country.  These  men  are  also 
goncrally  local  advertisers  and  to  a  certain  extent  influence 

the  local  newspapers.  Do  you  approve  of ,$his  general  plan? 

Ur.  Thomas'. A.  Edison- 


1  actea  as  Chairman  of  tho  meeting,  and  appointed 
a  committee-  to  .look  into  tho  matter  more  fully  ana  advise  us 
as  soon -as  possible. 

AH'  the  manufacturers  interested  scenic  a.  to  he 
willing  to  contribute  to  'aiiy1  extent  so  that  the-  amount  involved 
will  -probably  be  very  Bmall. 

Ydurs  very  truly,- 

pid/jc  m 

el'CoiurCooj’  S., 


^VuiVnvghm-,  SD.  ©., 

Mr.  ThomaB  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park,  New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Inclosed,  I  take  pleasure  in  handing  you  copy 
of  II.  R.  23417,  which  seeks  to  amend  and  revise  the  United 
States  Patent  Laws. 

The  Committee  on  Patents  of  the  House  of  Representatives 
will  he  pleased  to  have  you  present  such  arguments  concerning  the 
legislation  proposed  as  you  may  desire  and  an  invitation  to  par¬ 
ticipate  in  the  hearings  on  this  hill,  whioh  will  continue  all 
of  next  week,  is  hereby  extended  to  you. 

If  you  desire  to  offer  any  suggestions  to  the  oommittee 
in  this  matter,  it  will  he  the  pleasure  of  the  oommittee  to 
allow  you  to  appoint  the  day  on  which  you  wish  to  appear,  and 
in  this  connection,  I  desire  to  inform  you  that  our  hearings 
are  held  mornings,  from  10  to  12  o'olock. 


'  1 

MOVED  by  KR.  E.  WARD  ISOHARD  and  Beoondod  by  DR.  i.  H.  BAEHSLAHD, 
that  the  following  Roeolution  be  submitted  to  vote  at  the  next  meeting  of 
the  Guild  to  get  the  sense  of  the  meeting  and  if  the  majority  of  thooo 
presort  favor  the  Resolution,  the  Resolution  be  promptly  submitted  to  vote 
by  obtaining  a  written  ballot  from  eaoh  of  the  members  of  the  Guild. 

moW^hMAfr  i*apfMoM?&  afo30^0  nhowB  thttt 

(&)-  WHEREAS ... ©he  united  states  Patent  system  is  the  only  one  among  the 
leading  uatent  systems  of  the  world,  under  Whioh  a  person  Who  has  honestly 
and  indeuendsntly  produoed  a  now  and  useful  result,  and  has  been  the  first 
person  to  filo  on  application  for  potent  which  discloses  the  invention,  is 
stibjeotcd  to  the  delay,  expense,  indirect  domago,  and  possible  Injustioo 
due  to  the  present  praotioo  of  attompting  to  dotermino  Who  was  tho  first, 
sole,  and  original  inventor. 

(3)-  wmmwAs..  .It  is  a  wall  known  foot  that  tho  broadest  end  most  valuable 
inventions  are  tho  ones  most  likely  to  become  involvod  in  intorforonoo,  and 
therefore  are  most  likoly  to  oauoe  groat  delay  and  expense  before  the  patont 
1b  granted. 

f4)_  WHEREAS* • .The  prosont  praotioe  as  to  intorforonoes  doos  not  "promote 
the  general  welfare"  of  tho  unitod  states  and  does  not  offioiontly  sooure 
in  his  rights  tho  inventor  Who  in  good  faith  firet  disoloses,  for  the 
benefit  of  tho  United  States,  the  now  and  useful  reBUlt  whioh  he  ton  inde¬ 
pendently  invented. 

fBl-  WHEREAS... intorforonoes  under  tho  present  praotioe  usually  delay  for 
many  years  the  termination  of  the  period  of  monopoly  represented  by  the 
SbLt >ant7  without  equivalent  benefit  to  the  Hation.and  may  he  ^fairly 
used  as  a  moans  of  depriving  the  Ration,  and  the  ^0n*0L  ™ 

is  really  indebted,  of  tho  rights,  Whioh,  under  the  Constitution,  wore 
Intended  to  ho  soourod  to  the  Ration  and  to  the  inventor. 

(6)-  WHEREAS.  • -The  consideration  of  prime  importance  to  the  Ration  is 
prtopt  and  aoourato  disolosure  of  tho  now  and  useful  result,  and  tho  con¬ 
sideration  of  prime  importance  to  tho  inventor  is  a  simple 0  inexpensive, 
expeditious  and  fair  method  of  examination,  resulting  in  a  patont  the 
validity  of  Which  oannot  bo  successfully  attacked  by  unsornpulous  oonoorns 
and  individuals. 

WHEREAS.  .’.The  present  interference  procedure  tends  to  delay,  not  only 
tho  patont  for  the  invention  whioh  is  in  intertforenoe,  but  also  Patents  for 
improvement ,  inventions  of  tho  some  inventor,  and  tends  to  multiply  inter- 
ferenoes  unjustly,  and  also  to  delay  progress  in  the.  useful  arts  ana  soienoeB. 

{?)-  WHEREAS... She  existing  potent  system  tends  to  daisy,  instead  of 
expediting,  the  publishing  of  evory  valuable  patont,  heoauBO  if  the  patont 
bopubliahod  very  soon  after  application  there  is  e  greatly  increased  likli- 

hood- of  an  interference,  hosed  upon  an -application  of  .some  riyal  inventor _ 

filed  after  the  publioation  of  the  Potent,  the  oonaequonoe  being  that  inven-  ; 
tors  oannot  with  safety  to  their  interests,  publish  their  patents  with  tho 
promptness  desirable. 

RESOLVED-  That,  in  order  to  promote  the  general  welfare  of  the  United 
States  and  promote  the  progress  of  soionoe  and  Useful  Arts,  it  seems  do- 
sirable  that  the  united  states  Patont  Syotem  Should  bo  modifitd  by  sub¬ 
stituting  for  Seotion  4886  of  the  Patent  laws,  the  following  provision  or 
Botno  •q.uivalent  proylflioa*  and  hy  making  suoh  other  mo&lfloationp  of  the 
patent  System  os  may  prove  desirable  in  order  to  consistently  carry  out 
the  intention  indicated* 

Aw  person  who  has  independently  invented  or  disoovorod  any  new 
and  useful  art,  machine,  manufacture ,  or  composition  of  matter,  and  too 
filed  application  therefor  with  the  Oonmissloner  of  Patents,  may,  upon 

payment  of  the  foes  required  by  law.  and  other  other  proceedings 
had,  obtain  a  patent  thorofor,  provided  thatupon  examination  of 
his  application  it  is  found  to  opnfozn  to  the  following  requirements- 

(1).  she  subject  natter  claimed  has  not  been  disclosed  by  any 
other  person  in  any  publication. prior  to  his  application  date,  nor 
by  him  in  any  publication  moro  than  one  year  prior  his  to  his  ap¬ 
plication  date. 

(8).  She  subject  matter  olained  has  not  been  disolosed  in  any 
prior  application  at  that  time  pending  in  the  United  states  Patent 
Off loo. 

(3).  She  subjeot  natter  olained  has  not  been  publicly  disclosed 
by  any  public  use  or  sole  made  one  year  or  more  piior  to  his  applica¬ 
tion  date. 

(Signed)  E.  Ward  Leonard.  May  10/1918 
Also  approved  in  writing  by  Dr.  Baekeland. 




Four  Cycle  Double  Action 

Single  Cylinder 


It  stands  UNIQUE;  the  ONLY  Double  Action,  Single 
Cylinder  Gas  Engine  in  the  world.  With  one  Cylinder, 

.  one  Piston,  one  Valve,  one  Ignitor, -one' Power  Wheel 
and  shaft,  this  wonderful  Engine  obtains  a  four-cycle  work 
impulse  for  every  revolution  of  the  Engine. 



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Octdrar  15th,  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Hew  jersey. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

At  the  suggestion  of  Dr.  L.  H.  Baekeland,  who 
lias  given  me  your  name,  I  am  sending  you  under  separate  cover  re¬ 
prints  of  same  articles  of  mine  upon  the  subject  of  patents  wh-ioh. 
have  appeared  in  the  Engineering  Magazine  and  in  the  Yale  Law 

Some  of  the  obvious  defects  of  the  existing  patent 
practice  were  not  touched  upon  in  these  articles.  Your  knowledge 
and  experience  with  the  »u ’eject  will  doubtless  enable  you  to 
express  an  opinion  upon  these  articles  and  also  upon  matters  of 
patent  practice,  not  touched  upon' therein;  and  I  si  tall  be 
pleased  to  learn  your  views  on  both  these  points. 

Very  truly  yours, 

f  y* 

Belloville  M.J. 

Ur  Thoa  A  .  Bdlaon. 

West  Orange  *•  J* 

Q(|yHg^)OW  CRCFP 

Dear  Sir  i 

I  eould  llkt  to  at  you  If  ««™  *«  5"  "f  W1"  "* 

proved  to  get  .  patent  e„  a  -U  ..ohln.  «-  ■  W  "  ****« 

and  like  t.  k»  eke  «"  *“■  *»*  •  — »  “* 

I  till  he  obliged  great!/  for  an7  inforratlon  you  can  give  re. 

-  ^OkSTt 



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November  29,  19X2 

Mr.  Harry  F.  Miller, 


Dear  Sir: 

I  enclose  herewith  an  assignment  of  Robert 
A.  Bachman  to  Thomas  A.  Edison  of  the  foreign  rights  of 
Mr.  Bachman's  invention  in  Storage  Battery  Trays,  for 
which  application  Serial  No.  654,259  was  filed  in  the 
United  States  Patent  Office  on  October  5,  1911. 

. 'Very  truly  yours, 








214-216  TAAFFE  PLACE 

.  4 

Hr.  Thomas  A*  Edison,  Brooklyn,  n.  r.„.na.cfimhfir..2+..l£nJL. 

Host  Orange,  II.  J. 

I  have  been  appointed  chairman  of  a  committee  on  patents  by  the  Menu-  • 
facturers  Association  of  Hew  York,  and  I  am  writing  to  ask  you  if  you  will  kindly 
furnish  mo  with  some  information  in  connection  with  the  matter.  You  are  no  doubt 
familiar  with  the  Oldfield  H.  R.  bill  !! 23417,  as  amended  by  tho  committee  on  patents 
and  reported  favroably  August  8,  1312.  1  am  looking  for  favorable  and  unfavorable 

criticism  relative  to  this  bill,  and  also  relative  to  other  proposed  legislation  in 
connection  with  patents  as  a  guide  or  help  to  our  committee  in  reaching  conclusions. 

For  example  1st,  is  it  advisable  for  an  owner  of  a  patented. article  to  be 
prohibited  from  determining  tho  price  by  agreement  or  otherwise  at  which  3uch  pat¬ 
ented  article  shall  be  resold?  2nd,  to  limit  the  length  of  time  for  an  applicant 
to  amend  his  case  to  six  months?  3rd,  to  make  an  inventor  who  first  filod  an  ap¬ 
plication  the  one  who  is  entitled  to  a  patent  without  further  consideration?  4th, 
do  you  think  the  present  method  of  the  Patent  Office  of  assuming  that  the  filing 
of  an  allowable  application,  is  tho  equivalent  to  a  reduction  to  practice.,  is  e sui¬ 
table?  5th,  do  you  think  the  rule  requiring  an  inventor  to  make  his  motions  for 
dissolution  of  the  interference  before  the  Primary  Examiner  who  is  the  party  who 
declares  the  interference,  is  a  logical  way  off  doing  it?  6th,  is  it  advisable  to 
have  a  Court  of  Patent  Appeals  created?  7th,  do  you  think  the  compulsory  license, 
as  in  the  Oldfield  Bill  is  advisable,  and  do  you  think  it  advisable  to. bring  pat¬ 
ents  under  the  Oherman  Anti—  Trust  lav/,  as  this  bill  aims  to  do,  and  finally  is  it 
advisable  for  this'“to  become  a  law. 

I  am  just  indicating  in  the  foregoing  the  kind  of  information  I  am  looking 
for.  Any  help  you  can  give  us  in  connection  with  the  matter  X  assure  you 
highly  appreciated,  I  have  taken  out  over  sixty  U.S. Patents,  containing  over  nine 
hundred  claims  myself,  and  have  a  large  number  of  other  applications  that  I  am  about 
to  file,  so  you  see  I  am  personally  interested  in  the  matter  as  I  believe  you  are. 

Yours  very  truly 

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"  application  file. 

Mr.  ThosrtnA, 'Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Ab  my  exouse  for  writing  you  I  will  recall  to  you  that 
I  represented  your  interests  aB  Associate  Counsel  with  Mr.  Dyer 
at  Washington! during  the  great  Copyright  fight  in  Congress  three 
bfc  four  years  ago,  in  which  I  am  glad  to  say  we  were  very  success¬ 
ful  .  I  also  made  the  argument  for  your  interests  before  the  Joint- 
Committee  of  Congress  in  the  tariff  hearings  and  succeeded  for  the 
first  time  in  our  law  in  having  inserted  in  the  Payne-Aldrioh 
Tariff  Bill  a  protective  duty  of  45#  upon  your  phonographs, etc  . 

The  new  tariff  oommittee  is  now  considering  the  prepara¬ 
tion  of  the  proposed  Democratic  Tariff  Bill  and  intend  as  I  am  told 
to  either  strike  out  entirely  ot  at  least  materially  lower  this 
duty.  Hearings  before  thiB  new  committee  are  to  oomraence  January 
6th  and  continue  hntil  the  subject  is  disposed  of.  For  some  eight 
yearB  I  have  been  making  a  specialty  of  legislative  matters,  repre¬ 
senting  in  tl^oapacity  the  large  Wurlitzer  and  other  interests. 

I  have  been  asked  to  take  up  this  matter  of  protection  to  musical 
and  allied  interests  again  at  this  session  of  Congress,  and  it  has 
been  suggested  to  me  that  you  would  perhaps  be  inclined  to  join 
with  us  in  defense  of  a  protective  duty.  If  so,  I  shall  be  pleased 
to  act  for  you.  Kinldy  let  me  hear  from  you,  or  if  you  prefer  I 
could  come  to  Hew  York  or  Orange  for  a  personal  interview  with  you. 

I  might  also  say  that  very  drastic  legislation  upon  the-; 
sale  of  patented  products  and  concerning  various  features  of  the 
patent  and  oopyright  laws  are  going  to  be  actively  pushed  for 




passage  at  this  term  of  Congress. 


General  Film  Company 


16th  December  1912 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Or  a  n  g  e,  How  Jersey 

Door  Mr.  Edison: 

Regarding  the  enclosed  letter  from 
George  \Y.  Pound,  Buffalo,  Hew  York,  my  ex¬ 
perience  with  Mr.  Pound  was  that  ho  was  in¬ 
clined  to  chargo  too  much  for  his  services, 
and  I  had  to  insist  that  his  hill  should  he 

I  suggest  that  it  would  he  well  to 
wait  until  some  definite  attack  on  the  talking 
machine  industry  is  made,  and  then  to  cooperate 
with  the  Victor  and  Columbia  Companies  in  having 
a  first-rate  man  represent  the  three  concerns 
in  Washington.  If  each  company  has  itB  own 
representative  they  will  probably  work  at  cross 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Personal  (E-12-63) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  from  Edison's  friends  and 
acquaintances.  Some  of  the  letters  contain  reminiscences  about  Edison's 
childhood  and  early  career  in  telegraphy.  Among  the  correspondents  for  1 91 2 
are  longtime  Edison  associate  Edward  H.  Johnson  and  Ohio  politician  Myron 
Herrick.  A  few  documents  relate  to  Edison's  trip  to  Chicago  in  January  1912 
and  a  luncheon  given  in  his  honor  by  Samuel  Insull. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 


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We b tarn  Elootrio  Company. 

William  0.  Boalo, 

Mosers.  Xaham,  Lincoln  &  Boalo, 

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Chairman,  Board  of  Direotore, 
Chicago  Railway o  Company. 

Britton^I.^3u^  ,lletrop0l^tenj  south  Side  & 
Northwestern  Elevated  R.  R.  Cob, 

Daniel  H.  Burnham, 

H.  M.  Bylleeby, 

Messrs.  H.  M.  Byllesby  &  Co. 

Horaoe  0.  Burt, 

Chief  Engineer,  Abb 
on  Electrification 

♦  a.  of  Commeroe  Committee 
of  Railway  Terminal b. 

A*  ^President*  Messrs.  Hihbard,  Spencer,  Bartlett  &  Co. 

Edward  B.  Butler, 

President,  Messrs.  Butler  Brothers. 
Benjamin  Carpenter, 

Masers.  Oeorge  B.  Carpenter  &  Company. 

B*  ^'Eirs t^ Vice-President  &  General  Manager, 
Amerioan  Car  &  Po undry  Company. 

John  M.  Clarh, 


0.  A.  coffin, 

'resident,  ueneral  JSleotrie  Company, 
Ira  M.  Cod#, 

Chairman,  noard  of  Direotore, 

Chicago  City  Railway  Company. 

R.  T.  Crane, 

President,  Crane  Company. 

Hon.  Char leB  a.  heneen, 

Cower nor,  State  of  Illinois. 

John  V.  Oilehriat, 

Assistant  to  th#  Praaident, 

Commonwealth  Bdieon  Company. 

Hr.  P.  W.  Ounaaulua, 

Praaident,  Armour  Inatitute  of  Technology. 

U.  of  I. 

Hon.  Peter  S.  Orosaoup, 

Retired  Judges  United  States  Cirouit  Ct« 


James  T.  Horahan, 

Formerly  President  Illinois  Central  R.R.  Co. 

Hon,  Carter  H.  Harrison, 
Mayor  o t  Chicago. 

Marvin  Hughitt, 

Chairman,  hoard  of  Directors, 

Chicago  &  Northwestern  Ry.  Co. 

Chaunoey  Keep, 


James  Keeley, 

General  Manager,  Chicago  Tribune. 

Judge  C.  C.  Kohlsaat, 

Federal  Court,  Chioago, 

Andrew  M.  Lawrence, 

Publisher,  Chicago  Examiner. 

D.  H.  LouderbaoJc, 

Chairman,  Northwest  Land  Ass'n. 

Professor  J.  L.  Laughlin, 

Dept,  or  Politioal  Eoonomy, 
University  or  Chioago. 

John  T.  MoCutoheon, 

Cartoonist,  Chioago  Tribune. 

Robert  R.,  MoCormiole, 

Messrs.  Shepard,  MoCormiok  &  Thomason, 


Harvester  Co. 

Prank  W.  Morse, 

Vice-President  4  General  Manager, 
Chicago  4  Alton  R.B. 

John  J.  Mitchell 

Illinois  Trust  4  Savings  Bank, 

Edward  Morris, 

Morris  4  Company. 

Dar ^President,  Chicago,  Burlington,  Quinoy  R.R.  Co. 

Horace  D.  Nugent, 

British  Consulate  General,  Chicago. 

P.  8.  Peabody, 

Peabody  Coal  Company.. 

E.  P.  Russell, 

,  Russeii,  t  .  _ 

Messrs.  Russell,  Brewster  4  Co. 

George^M. ^Reynolds,  Continental  &  commercial  Rational  Basic 
of  Chicago. 

John  M.  Roaoh, 

President,  uhioago  Railways  Company. 
Louis  I.  Swift, 

President,  Messrs.  Swift  4  Company. 

B.  B.  Sunny, 

President,  Chloago  Telephone  Company. 
John  ®£e^2nt,  Marshall  Pield  4  Company. 

John  A.  Spoor,  ,  ^  . 

President,  United  States  Yard  4  Transit  Co, 


Byron  1..  Smith, 

President,  The  Northern  Trust  Company,  Bank. 

A.  A.  Sprague, 

President,  Messrs.  Sprague,  Warner  &  Company. 
T.  P.  Shonts, 

President,  Chicago  &  Alton  Railroad. 

Thomas  A.  Edison 

Samuel  Insull, 


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Thos.  A*  Edison,  Esq,.,  ^  ^  *U 

Dear  Edison:-  Vf^GL*-*^ 

Will  you  favor  me  with  a  fejw  brief  fapts  of  the  44,  '| 
many  that  are  doubtlesB  within^yfeir  petso^^know^ed^g.^ 
as  to  the  development  of  the  Coxmrer^aflSeotrio  Vehicle 
during  the  past  5  or  6  years,  and  accompany  tha^fTby  an 
expression  of  your  opinion  as  to  the  probable  devd.op- 
ment  henceforward.  I  wish  to  incorporate  this  iff  a  paper 
I  can  preparing  for  a  Banking  House. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Central  Union  Telephone  Company 





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•  Thomas  A.  Edison,  President, 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 
Orange,  N.J. 


My  Dear  Mr.  Edison:-  H 


I  am  attaching  hereto  notice  of 
the  death  of  Mr.  Henry  A.-  Batchelor,  who  you  will,  no 
doubt,  remember.  One  by  one  they  are  passing  away. 

I  have  known  H.  A.  for  a  good  many  years,  and  my  wife 
people,  of  course,  are  distantly  related  to  the  family, 
Henry  was  a  very  peculiar  man.  He  failed  in  the  early, 
part  of  his  career,  but  closed  up  with  a  good  snug, 
for table  fortune. 

Enel . 

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August  28,19X8. 

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Thos.  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

One  of  our  leading  citizens,  Mr.  Henry  A.  Batchellor, 
has  been  called  away  and,  according  to  the  paper,  he  was  a 
schoolmate-  of  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison  which,  no  doubt,  would 
interest  Mr.  Edison,  and  I  have  forwarded  you  under  separate 
cover  a  paper  about  it  and  marked  the  paragraph  where  it 
states  Mr.  Edison  is  interested. 


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Hot  'being  able  to  longer  endure  with  patience  the 
restraint  w*th\whdAh  my  work  is  hedged  afcout  ty/jthe  machin¬ 
ations  o/tto  ir/it  eJW^Mot^  Ast^W  being  unable 

/dominant  power  behind  that  enter- 

th^re  i (/  left  1 

the  public  at  large. 

I  am  taking  the  liberty. of  giving  this  appeal  the 
form  of  a  letter  addressed  to  you  for  the  good  and  sufficient 
reason  that  the  forty  odd  years  of  our  association  and  your 
consequent  familiarity  with  both  my  character  and  my  work, 
eBtops  me  from  loose  statement  thus  establishing  that  trans¬ 

parent  bona  fides  i 

i  public  statement  of 

You  will  recall  my  work  of  several  years 
exponent  of  the  goBpel  of  your  new  civilizing  fore 
inating  the  world  at  large  under  the  cosmic  term  oi 

■While  thus  engaged  you  will  recall  my  introducing 
Sprague  and  his  inventions  through  which  there  ultimately  re¬ 
sulted,-  the  modern  electric  railway,  and  still  later  you 
will  remember  the  prominent  part  I  played  in  promoting  the 
Sprague  multiple  unit  system  of  train  operation  now  almost 
universally  employed  upon  urban  traffic  lines. 


Hov.'  all  these  enormously  valuable  inventions  came  fin¬ 
ally  into  the  hands  of  the  0.  E.  Co.,  at  "Mess  of  Potage". 
valuation  is  another  story,  Uy  present  purpose  in  recalling 
the  pioneering  character  of  my  work  in  connection  with  them 
is  but  to  establish  credit  for  an  understanding  of  the  art 
and  a  prescienoe  which  should  bespeak  for  me  the  right  to  be 
heard  when  as  now  I  promulgate  a  new  and  equally  potential 
theory  in  that  same  art. 

IVith  this  preamble  I  will  state  my  grievance. 

The  premises:  Several  years  of  labor  and  the  expenditure  of 
several  hundred  thousand  dollars  producing  ultimately  a  new 
type  of  electric  traction  motor  and  method  of  control  admitted 
by  competent  disinterested  experts  to  be  capable  of  effecting  a 
saving  of  from  30  to  40 <fo  over  the  present  energy  expenditure, - 
to  increase  the  capacity  of  existing  generating  stations  by  a 
like  percentage,-  to  practically  dispense  with  the  wear  and  tear 
of  brake  shoes  and  wheels  consequent  upon  the  present  mechanical 
braking  system  and  to  introduce  a  new  factor  of  safety  rendering 
the  fatal  runaways  now  of  such  frequent  occurence  upon  trolley 
lines,  practically  impossible.  In  short  a  new  motor  system 
which  applied  to  the  cars  of  existing  linen  without  other 
changes  of  plant  or  equipment,  would  convert  many  non-paying 
lines  into  dividend  earners  and  increase  the  dividends  of  the 
already  profitable  ones; 

This  is  what  I  have  been  and  am  now  vainly  seeking 

to  market.  The  chief  work  of  development  took  place  in  Eng¬ 
land  with  English  capital  and  from  that  vantage  ground  I 
hegan  the  search  for  a  lessee  or  buyer.  It  was  recognized 
as  futile  to  attempt  the  creation  of  a  new  manufacturing 
plant  with  this  motor  Bystem  as  its  sale  basis,  particularity 
in  England.  Naturally,  I  first  besought  the  allies  of  the 
American  .Electric  with  whom  I  had  of  course  always  been 
more  or  less  closely  affiliated.  The  English  Branch  of  the 
American  Company  known  as  The  British  Thomson  Houston  Com¬ 
pany,  promptly  informed  me  that  all  authority  in  such  raat.-- 
ters  was  vested  in  the  New  York  office.  I  thereupon  went 
to  Berlin  to  deal  with  the  somewhat  more  independent  German 
Company,  The  Allgeineine  Elektricitats  Gesselschaft.  X  made 
progress  there,  reaching  an  agreement  for  continental  Europe 
but  before  the  hour  fixed  for  signing, a  cable  request  was  had 
from  New  York  requesting  the  suspension  of  the  matter  until 
the  arrival’  of  a  "Co-director"  then  on  the  ocean.  Immediately 
upon  his  arrival  I  was  advised  that  the  deal  was  off.  No  ex¬ 
planation  and  no  apolbgies.  Subsequently,  I  learned  from 
a  perfectly  reliable  source,  that  the  matter  was  dropped  at  the 
request  of  the  American  Company,  on  the  ground  that  it  was  not 
to  the  best  interest  of  either  company  i.e.  the  German  or  the 
American  that  the  system  should  receive  such  notable  recogni¬ 
tion  in  Germany,  before  it  had  been  seoured  to  the  American 
Company,  in  the  U.  S. 




Thin  brought  me  to  New  York  instanter  and  caused  me 
to  open  negotiations  with  the  General  Electric  Co. ,  That  was 
about  four  years  ago  and the  intervening  time  has  resulted  in 
nothing  better  than  semi  promises  and  evasive  discussions, 
insofar  as  the  G.  B.  Co* ,  is  concerned,  and  the  discovery  that 
no  transportation  line,  no  banker,  no  independent  manufacturer 
and  no  individual  capitalist  would  risk  antagonizing  the 
General  Electric  Co.,  or  the  group  of  capitalists  associated 
therewith  by  even  so  smalla. venture  as  would  be  necessitated 
in  making  a  practical  demonstration  to  inform  the  public  of 
the  merits  of  the  system  and  so  cause  a  demand,  which  would 
compel  recognition. 

Expert  reports  based  on  trials  in  England  and  Ger¬ 
many  and  even  more  elaborate  reports  in  thiB  country  were 
unanimous  in  finding  that  our  claims  for  the  system  were 
justified,  but  absdlute  proof  thereof  could  of  oourse,  only 
be  had  by  practical  operation  and  to  get  this  demonstration 
made,  at  the  trifling  coBt  of  about  $25,000.  I  have  offered 
as  high  as  25^  interest  in  the  application  of  the  syBtem 
to  electric  traction  on  rails. 

Great  interest  is  usually  shown  at  the  outset 
and  then  a  sudden  drop  occurs,  thenceforth,  usilenoe  until  -I 
break  it  again  in  a  new  direction  then  presently* silence  again 
and  so  on  ad  infinitum. 

It  may  be  incidental  remarked  that  in  the  matter 

of  ftleotrio  traotion  the  General  Electric,  Westinghouse 
coiribination,  possess  the  most  absolute  monopoly  in  the 
industrial  world-,  as  regards  the  adoption  of  improve¬ 
ments  this  combination  can  only  be  likened  to  Government 
owner ship, und  we  all  know  from  European  experience  how 
fatal  that  is  to  progress.  ' 

In  these  circumstances  what  is  your  advice, 
how  shall  the  throttle  on  individual  initiative  be  opened? 

Of  course,  to  you  the  answer  would  come  easy,  you  would  your¬ 
self  make  the  required  demonstration,  but  how  about  the  cases 
such  as  mine,  where  the  oapital  to  do  so,  must  be  obtained 
from  others?  X  have  advised  the  chief  offioer  of  the  General 
Electric  as  to  the  need  and  the  method  of  meeting  situati  ons 
of  this  kind  without  involving  his  company  in  obligations  in 
advance  of  value  determinations,  but  as  usual  I  um  met  with 
but  procrastinating  evasions  that  apparently  have  but  the 
single  end  in  view  of  postponing  the  inevitable  Until  the 
patents  have  expired  or  have  been  rendered  obsolete  by 
oiroumventing  devices  evolved  from  their  own  ranks  under  the: 
stimulus  of  the  educational  work  done  by  me. 


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